IOCB bioinformaticians participate in a European project to integrate public-private data for discoveries
A newly funded European initiative TRIPLE will enable an unprecedented level of interoperable data sharing between researchers from any science domain. Access to both public and selectively shared private research data will be facilitated through innovative solutions. Coordinated by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, the project brings together partners from IOCB Prague and the University of Ghent. Through the discoveries it will enable, TRIPLE will benefit the scientific community at large as well as society, with one of its first applications being the search for organisms that could help degrade pollutants.
Leveraging a wealth of previously unexploited data
The goal of TRIPLE (Transforming RDF Interoperability with Solid Pods for next Level Experience) is to provide instant access to data from open resources as well as to private data selectively shared by others, such as unpublished data, to boost the research reproducibility and accelerate new discoveries. The project, funded by the European CHIST-ERA call, is led by SIB and brings together Jiří Vondrášek Group (Bioinformatics) at IOCB Prague and researchers from the University of Ghent (Belgium).
“Acting as the coordinator of such a European project is a recognition of both our long-term expertise on the front of open research data and of our capability in bringing together multidisciplinary actors at a large scale,” says Christophe Dessimoz, SIB’s Executive Director. “TRIPLE aims to build a cornerstone on which integrated searches can be performed over public-private research data.”
To achieve this aim, TRIPLE will be combining the multidisciplinary expertise of the project partners in making research data open as well as enabling seamless interoperability with private data stored in secure data vaults known as Solid Pods.
TRIPLE will benefit software developers and data producers by providing improved documentation and new tools to make complex federated queries more efficient. Life science researchers and others interested in the produced data will also be able to mine online resources more powerfully and integrate their own data while ensuring it is FAIR. Society at large will eventually benefit from the results and knowledge gained from this increased exploitation of data.