BioDT Hackathon: Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) – Second End-Users Workshop

BioDT hackathon

Oslo, Norway, 23-25 January 2024

Join the BioDT hackathon to learn how digital twinning can revolutionize global agriculture. Discover how crop wild relatives hold untapped genetic resources to achieve higher yields, better nutrition, and resilience to changing environments. Learn how to identify, manage, and conserve wild crop relatives in a three-day workshop, contribute to a comprehensive wild crop relative characterization toolbox, and be a part of sustainable agriculture.

During the first session, you’ll delve into developing a comprehensive toolbox that enables the predictive characterization of plant genetic resources. Through newly developed and pre-existing modelling techniques and data integration from diverse sources, we will explore how to identify and leverage the genetic potential of crop wild relatives.

The second session will focus on novel data products of digital twinning exercises to establish the overlap between pre-established protected areas and verified distributions of crop wild relatives needing conservation. This tool will identify and propose prioritised genetic reserves for conservation and genetic monitoring of designated CWR conservation populations.

For more information on the BioDT hackathon, please visit this page.

The concepts of Keystone taxa and Core Microbiome

The concepts of Keystone taxa and Core Microbiome

Online, 15 January 2024.

Microbiomes play a critical role in sustaining life on Earth. However, we still need to fully understand how they form and change over time and space. Obtaining new isolates is an essential step in this process. Concepts like “keystone taxa” and “core microbiota” can guide strategies for isolating, cultivating, and creating synthetic communities. These and other topics will be discussed in the workshop “The concepts of Keystone taxa and Core Microbiome” hosted by the MICROBE consortium.

The MICROBE consortium is an international and interdisciplinary research team that works to preserve and isolate microorganisms. They aim to unite a diverse group of scientists to explore different interpretations of “keystone taxa” and “core microbiota” from ecological, taxonomic, and bioinformatics perspectives. They aim to establish cohesive definitions encompassing all aspects of this complex field, fostering a discussion that advances our understanding of microbiomes.

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EOSC Compliant PID Implementations – Practical Guidelines for Implementing Best Practices

Online, 21 November 2023.

The workshop aims to showcase tangible tools, policies, and advancements related to PIDs (Persistent Identifiers). The overview of PIDs within the EOSC framework will cover the PID policy, PID-related projects, and recent developments. During the workshop, the Compliance Assessment Toolkit (CAT) will be introduced, which aims to document, track, and query compliance with the EOSC PID policy and other criteria such as TRUST, FAIR principles, Reproducibility, GDPR, and Licenses.

The workshop will also demonstrate a series of research lifecycle workflows that show how PIDs can be integrated into these workflows. These workflows identify specific points where particular PIDs can enhance the FAIRness, credibility, and openness of research outputs. The workflows can also serve as guidance tools for creating more effective data management plans and drafting more explicit institutional policies.

An open forum will be held to discuss the current challenges hindering the adoption of PID solutions compliant with the EOSC PID policy, as well as potential solutions to address these issues. 

For more information and to register for this workshop, visit this page.

SC23 Conference

Denver and online, Colorado, 12-17 November 2023.

SC23 is the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. The conference will occur in Denver, Colorado, from November 12-17. This conference is a platform for researchers, practitioners, and industry experts worldwide to share advances in HPC technologies and their applications.

The program for SC23 includes various technical presentations, papers, workshops, and more. This program focuses on sharing best practices in areas such as algorithms, applications, architectures, and networks. It also covers topics like clouds and distributed computing, data analytics, visualisation and storage, machine learning and HPC, performance, programming systems, system software, and the state of practice in large-scale deployment and integration.

For more information, please visit this page.

CODATA Vocabulary Symposium 2023

Acton and online, Australia, 14-15 November 2023.

This two-day hybrid event aims to bring together professionals from diverse domains, including research, government, and industry, to promote various approaches to utilising, developing, publishing, and sustaining vocabularies.

The Symposium will delve into global and Australian initiatives, showcasing the impact and value of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) vocabularies, emphasising their role in maximising the reusability of data within and across different domains.

This event is open for participation to anyone interested in vocabulary, including informatics professionals, researchers, data managers, infrastructure providers, vocabulary publishers, librarians, and policy developers across the research, government, and industry sectors. For more information, please visit this page.

Destination Earth (DestinE) User eXchange

Bonn, Germany, 13-14 November 2023.

The European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) have jointly organised an event to encourage meaningful interactions with DestinE stakeholders. DestinE is a global initiative that aims to create a precise digital model of Earth to examine the interplay between natural phenomena and human activities. The initiative stresses the importance of extensive stakeholder involvement for its success. It aligns with the European Commission’s Green Deal and Digital Strategy, contributing significantly to the twin transition goals of green and digital.

The conference will discuss the BioDT project, which is pivotal in the event’s discussions. One of the key themes explored at the conference is Digital Twin co-development and its applications in renewable energy, hydrology, air quality, and related impact studies.

The conference will also highlight the essential aspect of integrating with other Digital Twins, acknowledging the diverse services landscape facilitating interaction with the Destination Earth system and its components.

For more information about the event, please visit this page.

Mastering Data Citation: Insights from GBIF

Online, 6 November 2023.

This is a series of webinars. If you want to learn more, you can check out the second webinar here.

Acknowledging and citing data is a crucial practice that enhances transparency, credibility, and collaboration in biodiversity research. It recognises the hard work of data collectors and curators while facilitating the sharing and integration of essential biodiversity datasets. In partnership with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), this BioDT webinar is scheduled for November 6 to highlight the vital aspects of recognising and crediting such datasets.

The webinar will offer best practices for standardised citation of datasets, ensuring proper acknowledgement of creators and sources. This webinar is a valuable resource for researchers, data scientists, conservationists, students, and anyone interested in biodiversity research and data management. It promises to make data more accessible and reusable, providing insights and resources that can benefit seasoned experts and field newcomers.

Visit this page to register.


  • 15:00 – 15:10 – A general introduction of the BioDT project – Hanna Koivula (CSC)
  • 15:10 – 15:35 – Data citation: the GBIF way – Daniel Noesgaard (GBIF)
  • 15:35 – 16:00 – Q&A

Mastering Data Citation: Insights from the BioDT Research Infrastructures

Online, 20 November 2023.

This is a series of webinars. If you want to learn more, you can check out the first webinar here.

Recognising the crucial role of data citation in promoting transparency, credibility, and collaboration within biodiversity research, we acknowledge the dedicated efforts of data collectors and curators. This acknowledgement helps their work and facilitates the seamless sharing and integration of invaluable biodiversity datasets.

Our upcoming webinar will highlight the essential aspects of recognising and attributing biodiversity research datasets. The goal is to provide best practices for standardised dataset citation, ensuring proper recognition of creators and sources. The webinar aims to enhance data discoverability and reusability while giving due credit to those managing the data.

This event is a collaboration with four leading Research Infrastructures: GBIF, LifeWatch, DISSCO, and eLTER. We invite you to join us on November 20 as experts from these biodiversity research infrastructures guide attendees through essential techniques for effectively citing biodiversity data.

To register, please visit this page.


  • 15:00 – 15:05 – main remarks from the GBIF data citation webinar
  • 15:05 – 15:20 – DISSCO data citation
  • 15:20 – 15:35 – eLter data citation 
  • 15:35 – 15:50 – LifeWatch data citation 
  • 15:50 – 16:30 – Q&A and final remarks

BES Annual Meeting 2023

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 12-15 December 2023.

The British Ecological Society is the oldest ecological society in the world. Its Annual Meeting is Europe’s biggest conference solely dedicated to ecology. In 2022, more than 1,500 delegates from over 50 countries across six continents attended the meeting in person or online.

LifeWatch ERIC will present nine posters at the conference in collaboration with the Italian National Research Council, the University of Salento, and LifeWatch Italy. Additionally, we will exhibit our e-services at a stand.

Learn more about this event by visiting the BES website.

OntoPortal Alliance Workshop 2023

We are pleased to announce the 2nd OntoPortal Alliance Workshop in Lecce, Italy from September 27-29, 2023.

The 2023 workshop will feature 2 public (open to all interested parties) online events:

  • A virtual public session, September 27th, 16h-18h CEST will address the Ontology Development Lifecycle. This session will show examples that integrate ontology development with the OntoPortal platform, and follow with a user panel discussion—including community members using OntoPortal—and audience Q&A on the challenges and opportunities in the lifecycle and OntoPortal. Please register for this session here.
  • The FAIR-IMPACT Semantic Artefact governance workshop, September 28th, 16h30-18h30, a public workshop organized by the EOSC project FAIR-IMPACT’s T4.1 on governance and semantics. Please register for this session here.

The OntoPortal Alliance collaborators share their software and strategies for supporting research communities, and together determine the open source OntoPortal system that others can use for their own purposes. The rest of the event is restricted to the Alliance members or by invitation only

Wednesday 27


  • Short intros
  • Year in review
  • Update short presentations
  • Newcomers


  • Demonstration and new features (Bio/Agro/Eco)
  • Ontology development lifecycle
  • Tutorial
  • User panel and Q&A session

Thursday 28


  • Multilingual OntoPortal
  • Federated services 


  • Ontology versioning, diffs and historical views
  • Mappings repository and SSOM compliance
  • Documentation and training
  • Semantic artefact governance workshop

Friday 29


  • OntoPortal code management
  • Political session and governance
  • Governance of the content


  • Project proposals and funding
  • Plenary debrief and next steps

Detailed Programme