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Open bridges for life science data

The international Open Bridges for Life-Science Data symposium, which took place 17-18 November on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, attracted around 250 delegates from all over the world. Scientists from research infrastructures, institutes and industry followed the program, including 10 inspiring plenary lectures and 12 interactive workshops on the tools and services developed in BioMedBridges as well as related activities and topics. Great activity on Twitter using the #lifesciencedata hashtag opened the discussion up beyond those present in Hinxton and to the wider community. (Photos of the symposium are available here.)

Biosample information discovery and visualisation

BioMedBridges partners from BBMRI/KI and ELIXIR have completed work on a new tool for discovery and visualisation of biobank samples.
MIABIS Connect enables biobanks to visualise summary information on the samples they hold. The software framework is versatile and can be implemented for other bio-resources
MIABIS Connect is a prototype biobank federation using MIABIS 2.0, which is the de facto standard for biobank data sharing in BBMRI-ERIC and has also been adopted by other biobank networks and projects. This sample-centred biobank information federation framework aims to facilitate sample discovery across a large number of biobanks. MIABIS Connect is an Open-source software framework that can be easily adopted by the biobank and research communities. By sharing information via MIABIS the software allows biobanks to keep their idiosyncratic semantics, saving tremendous efforts that would otherwise be required for annotating samples with different terms.
MIABIS Connect allows biobank data to stay at the biobank - only the results of queries are fetched from the biobanks to be viewed through the common query interface - and requires minimum involvement of biobank IT support for deployment and maintenance

Interoperability pilots highlight power and challenges of data integration

The BioMedBridges interoperability pilots, which support the integration of data from two or more of the participating research infrastructures, have been made available via an easy to navigate matrix. The pilots demonstrate both the power and challenges behind data integration across different life-science disciplines.

Interoperability pilots: demonstrating software bridges


New video highlights powerful collaboration

When new research infrastructures across basically all life-science disciplines get together and work towards a common goal, great things can happen. A new video highlights the achievements of BioMedBridges partners in constructing the necessary infrastructure underlying promoting data integration and interoperability. Watch it here!

BioMedBridges-SWAT4LS workshop

Semantic Web applications and tools for life sciences

This year's SWAT4LS hackathon was co-organized by BioMedBridges and took place on 10 December at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton (UK). The hackathon aimed to kick start ideas and allow people with similar interests or problems to start collaborating on small and interesting projects that make use of semantics and semantic web technologies, for example the development of RDF converters for existing biological data, SPARQL queries over existing data that target specific use cases, or applications that are built on semantic web technologies.

The end is really just the beginning....!

Leaving a solid foundation for future work

Over the past four eventful years BioMedBridges partners have achieved a lot and the project is coming a successful conclusion. As the last deliverable reports are being finalised and the final report is being prepared, we want to reassure you that you will continue to be able to find and access:

The tools and services produced by BioMedBridges are being integrated and sustained by the biomedical sciences research infrastructures that participated in the project.

Last but not least, the achievements of BioMedBridges will be carried forward in the new CORBEL project. In CORBEL, funded by the EU with €14.5 million over four years, eleven of the major ESFRI Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures in Europe will harmonise user access to the biological and medical technologies, biological samples and data services required for cutting-edge biomedical research. CORBEL is led by ELIXIR (Coordinator) and BBMRI-ERIC (Co-coordinator). More information is available on the project website:

Wishing you very happy holidays and a good start into the new year!

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