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ABOUT THE FAIR DATA PLATFORM
FAIR Data Platform
The FAIR Data Platform is an interoperable research infrastructure, which ensures that all data generated within an UNLOCK-project is annotated, analyzed and safely stored according to the FAIR guiding principles. The platform supports the user community by providing access to the data. Additionally, it provides the necessary tools for data discovery and manipulation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, ofcourse. Our workflows ensure the conversion of data to information, which depends on the metadata provided by the user. The minimum requirement therefore is a detailed metadata document describing the experimental setup.
Most important is a good experimental design. That’s why within UNLOCK, we have developed a FAIR Data Station to guide the user in managing the (experimental) metadata. You can visit it here.
While we prefer FAIR by Design, our FAIR Data Station (visit here) enables FAIRification of existing data. After FAIRification, data and metadata can still be analysed in the FAIR Data Platform.
In brief, UNLOCK Knowledge management consist of four parts.
- An integrated Rule-Oriented Data management System (iRODS) takes care of the collected (raw) assay data, transformed data and metadata.
- In the UNLOCK iRODS implementation, data files and folder are hierarchically organized through implementation of the Investigation/Study/Assay (ISA) format. This is an open general-purpose framework to collect and communicate complex metadata. In this set-up, an ‘Investigation’ is a collection of experiments revolving around a set of common research questions. Thus, the Investigation folder forms the root of a set of hierarchically organized folders and files containing data and metadata derived from experiments related to the research questions.
- Experimental design metadata is used to 1) automatically create the appropriate ISA folder structure at the start of the Investigation and 2) automatically start data crunching when raw data is obtained.
- Standardized workflows and container technology is used to transform the raw data in information.
Maintenance of the UNLOCK iRODs infrastructure and long-term preservation of data generated within the UNLOCK infrastructure is outsourced to SURF.
Below a 16-minute webinar explaining the technical aspects of the FAIR Data Platform