EXCELERATE WP5: The ELIXIR Interoperability Backbone

WP leaders:  Helen Parkinson (EMBL-EBI),  Carole Goble (UK) and Chris Evelo (NL)

The Interoperability Backbone is data and use case driven, implementing the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), and working in partnership with the custodians of the datasets.

The work package objectives are:

  • Define agreements on identifiers and machine processable (meta)data descriptions with data providers and knowledge bases
  • Consolidate existing Interoperability Services to support: (i) machine processable identity, data formats, experimental reporting guidelines, knowledge representations, and (ii) resource operational practices for transparent releases, versioning, provenance, and updates
  • Implement data interoperability between selected resources
  • Run a programme of Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) “bootcamps” (in coordination with WP11)

See the Interoperability Platform.


  • D5.1: Interoperability Implementation Regulations. A set of standards, rules, controlled vocabularies, authorized unique identifiers and interoperable service APIs for the data repositories and biological knowledge bases agreed and implemented in the field with WP6 to 9, and WP3; resources registered in BioSharing; BioCatalogue and BioRegistry (WP1); ontologies accessible via Ontology Lookup Services.
  • D5.2: Sustainability business cases for Interoperability Implementation Services, including contractual arrangements with non-ELIXIR resources. Data stewardship agreements with major data interoperability activities in Europe [EGA, EUDAT etc.] USA [DataOne, BD2K] and globally [RDA, GA4GH, Force11] (Not yet completed)
  • D5.3: Bring Your Own Data (BYOD). Eight delivered workshops and established a roll-out programme across the WP10 Data Node capability network; materials deposited on WP11 TeSS.