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.


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.


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

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

PSLS20 in session


Convened by, the first workshop of the ELIXIR-funded Staff Exchange Project entitled “Empowering ELIXIR Nodes to measure and communicate their performance and impact” took place on January 30th, in Lisbon (Portugal). A total of 17 participants, including Portuguese and international stakeholders from Norway, Italy, Spain and Czech Republic, met to build their capacity in performance and impact assessment of research infrastructures in the life sciences.


On the 24th of January, oficially launched the first issue of its newsletter! Comprising of two sections: one for the upcoming events and one for latest news, the newsletter will be sent up to two weeks in advance of the events it is sharing.


After two years of activity, we have compiled the essentials of these last two years of into a report that we have now published on our website.


The Forum Value Creation for Healthcare System’s Genomics Data, took place in the last 14th of January , at i3S – Porto, with experts from the private sector, research infrastructures, the national health system, and bioethics.


Daniel Faria was invited to present the activities of the ELIXIR Plant Sciences Community and contribute to the discussion on data integration at the COST INTEGRAPE Workshop, which took place in the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, in January 22-23, 2020.


The 4th Technical Meeting of took place on the 14th of January, at i3S, Porto, and was attended by 35 members.


On the past January 13th, the 3rd General Assembly of Management Board took place at i3S, Porto. All the partners were represented, namely, CCMAR, CEBAL, Champalimaud Foundation, ELIXIR Board, iBET, IBMC, IGC, INESC-ID, IST, IST-ID, ITQB, PI, Pbio, and University of Minho.


Are you excited about this new Forum provided by Value Creation for Healthcare System’s Genomic Data

It will bring us contributions of a variety of experts (find here who they are: ) about both challenges and opportunities value creation from biological data faces nowadays!



Welcome and Presentation of

Ana Portugal Melo, Executive Director and Deputy Head of Node of ELIXIR PT


José Pereira Leal, Executive Director of Ophiomics

Round-table: Challenges and Opportunities for value creation from Biological Data

Manuel Teixeira, Director of Genetics Service, IPO-Porto

Ana Sofia Carvalho, Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Catholic University of Portugal

Astrid Vicente, National Coordinator of One Million Genomes Initiative

Noémia Afonso, Oncologist, CHUP-Hospital de Santo António


The rainy day of December 16th marked the second edition of a Ready for BioData Management? workshop, titled Introduction to Data Management Plans, hosted by the Instituto Superior Técnico.


Daniel Faria was invited to co-organize a tutorial on Ontology Matching in the Biomedical Domain for the SWAT4(HC)LS Conference (Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Healthcare and Life Sciences), in Edimburgh, on December 9th.


On December 6th,'s Ready for BioData Management? team was invited to give two lectures at the "Bioprocess Data Analysis" course of the ITQB PhD programme.


Hosted by's Plant Sciences Community on the afternoon of November 12th, 2019, the Plant Phenotyping-Genotyping Data Management Workshop started with a keynote address by invited speaker Dr. Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, in front of an almost full auditorium at the ITQB, which presented the extensive work of ELIXIR's Plant Sciences Community to enable plant phenotyping-genotyping data management.