2020-06-01 is glad to announce the release of the Data Management and Bioinformatics Needs & Skills survey report.


ELIXIR, the European research infrastructure for life science data, has published a paper in the European Journal of Human Genetics (EJHG) where it highlights the infrastructure's response against COVID-19., as the Portuguese node of ELIXIR, fully endorses these efforts against the pandemic by contributing mostly with data management expertise and computational power.


The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission has published in 2018 a cost-benefit analysis for FAIR research data - “Cost of not having FAIR research data”.

The almost global non-adherence of research data to FAIR principles is a well-known reality between the European research community. This report plays an important role in promoting awareness between decision-makers regarding the estimation of the cost of not having FAIR research data for the European data market and economy.



After two years in development, is proud to release D-cellerate, the single-cell RNA analysis tool.

D-cellerate is a web application, written in R and based on the Seurat package, that provides a graphical interface that allows users to easily perform, store and produce reports on their analysis. It seeks to empower researchers by offering an easy-to-use interface and allow them to perform analyses, without needing to spend time dealing with issues that could arise when dealing with code, such as dependency issues. 


The Open Data Policy Lab, a resource hub from the Governance Lab (GovLab), aims to educate decision-makers on the responsible use of open data and its value through the identification of best practices and initiatives in the field that might be a benefit to society and a significant contribution to the economy. Find out more here.

2020-05-15, the Portuguese Infrastructure for Biological Data and the Portuguese Node of ELIXIR, co-coordinated by the IGC and the INESC-ID, is very pleased to announce the launch of its new Data Management Portal. Researchers or organizations can use the Data Management Portal to deposit, annotate, share and publish their data, as well as to collect public data for reuse.


ELIXIR Belgium has put together a set of best practice documents and workflows for the analysis of SARS-CoV-2 data (Genomics, Evolution, and Cheminformatics) using open source tools and public cyberinfrastructure for transparent and reproducible analyses.


Following the release of its new Service Hub, has created a dedicated Forum with the objective of supporting and answering users’ questions regarding its Bioinformatics, Data Management and/or Computing services. The Forum intends to facilitate the communication between service users and the user support team. 

2020-04-30, the Portuguese Infrastructure for Biological Data and the Portuguese Node of ELIXIR, co-coordinated by the IGC and the INESC-ID, is very pleased to announce the launch of its new Service Hub. The Hub intends to facilitate the users' experience identifying and requesting our services.


We are glad to announce our participation in the H2020 project ELIXIR-CONVERGE that was launched last February in Brussels. This project intends to empower Nodes’ capacity to drive good data management, reproducibility and reuse.

2020-04-17 is implementing a survey with the purpose of better understanding the needs & skills in data management and bioinformatics of researchers working in Portuguese institutions. Its filling is of crucial importance to better adequate our services to the requirements of the national scientific system.


The ELIXIR Plant Sciences Community recently published in the New Phytologist journal an article detailing the MIAPPE (Minimum Information About a Plant Phenotyping Experiment) 1.1 update.


The second workshop of the ELIXIR-funded Staff Exchange Project entitled “Empowering ELIXIR Nodes to measure and communicate their performance and impact” took place on March the 12th and was held in a conference call due to the current pandemics. The conference was organized by the representatives of the involved ELIXIR Nodes (ELIXIR-IT, ELIXIR-NO, ELIXIR-PT and ELIXIR Hub) and had the pleasure to count with Jelena Angelis, member of the EFIS centre & RI-PATHS project. The goal of this follow-on workshop was to develop and refine the understanding and approaches that have resulted from the previous workshop. 


To familiarize our users with, its Plant Community and the CorkOakDB portal, we conducted a series of interviews to some of our key players.


Due to the increasing demand from research infrastructures towards data management and analysis, has hired two new collaborators to help face this challenge. João Raimundo, Bioinformatics Specialist, and Rafael Santos, Project Manager, will integrate our internationally recognized team of experts from the beginning of April.



Because we know that starting to use a new resource is not always as straightforward as we would like, we are making available a series of tutorials to help our users easily navigate the CorkOakDB portal (

These videos cover the following:


The CorkOakDB ( emerges as a joint effort to create a global repository of genomic data for cork oak. This species has a significant relevance in the Mediterranean at both economic and ecological level due to the sustainable production of cork.


On February 19th, at the student-organized Bioinformatics Open Days 2020, hosted by the University of Minho, held the workshop "Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis using a Seurat based graphical interface".

Ricardo Leite presented this two-hour workshop, which consisted of an introduction to single-cell RNA-seq analysis, followed by a practical application of these concepts through a Seurat guided clustering tutorial.

Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis workshop


A student-led initiative hosted by the University of Minho, Bioinformatics Open Days 2020  was a meeting ground for experts in Bioinformatics to come together and meet with students and other experts. participated extensively in the event, sharing its knowledge and expertise between students and other bioinformaticians. BioData contributed extensively to this event, with our contributions detailed below.

2020-02-23 is happy to announce that recent content from the GTPB programme, one of the node services is openly shared. Complete materials from 22 training courses, are available for reuse in two forms.

For each course:
- a GitHub repository, with all the files and folders that were used to develop the course
- a website to directly explore the course content, as it was tested and delivered to an audience

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