For the first time in Portugal BioData.pt gathered for the event “Ready for Data Management - Creating value from Data Management” five of the top heads of Bioinformatics in Portugal: Arlindo Oliveira (IST), Cláudio Sunkel (replaced at the last minute by Jorge Vieira, both from IBMC), Élio Sucena (IGC), Pedro Cruz (IBET), Rogério Gaspar (FFUL), Mário Gaspar Silva (INESC ID /Elixir Portugal), José Pereira Leal (BioData/Ophiomics).
This event took place on the 2nd July afternoon, in IGC Ionians Auditorium, and it was an innovative session about BioData Management that brought together students, researchers, funders and bioinformatics experts to discuss and bring new ideas about this subject. This session chaired by Isabel Rocha (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) was brilliant started with Ulrike Wittig from the Institute of Theoretical Sciences of Heidelberg University that contibuted with a lot of relevant information about the best practices and FAIRDOM framework in Data Management.
The audience had the chance to engage and contribute to a discussion about how data management should be done and which are the main needs about data management.
The session was wrapped up by José Leal from BioData and Ophiomics that left the audience with thought: “Creating more and more data is not necessarily good, we need to know how to add value through Data Management and Data Curation. Data anyone can collect... but in the future, the challenge, which seems to be already here, is to make sense of all this data and transform data into knowledge...”