Training Platform

The ELIXIR Training Platform was established to develop a training community that spans all ELIXIR member states (see the list of Training Coordinators). It aims to strengthen national training programmes, grow bioinformatics training capacity and competence across Europe, and empower researchers to use ELIXIR's services and tools. The current programme builds on the work established during the previous work programme (2014-2018).

The Platform:

  • establishes and implements best practices in bioinformatics training through a training Toolkit
  • supports training providers across Europe in creating and delivering training for developers, researchers and trainers
  • builds a sustainable training infrastructure
Since 2015
850+
training events
19,000+
people trained
60+ countries
2200+
days of training
Overview of the Training Platform
Training Platform users: The Training Platform works with both service consumers and service providers, and offers training appropriate to different levels of expertise.

Services offered by the Training Platform

TeSS, the training registry for the ELIXIR community

  • For trainers, the portal offers an environment for sharing materials and event information.
  • For trainees, it offers a gateway to find relevant training events and resources, and to perform specific, guided analysis tasks via customised training workflows.
  • For ELIXIR Nodes, TeSS provides opportunities to promote training events and news, and to contribute to a growing catalogue of materials.

The Training Metrics Database (Visit the database)

  • For ELIXIR Training Coordinators, the database streamlines data collection, storage, and visualisation of ELIXIR Training quality and impact data.
  • For anyone interested in ELIXIR training, it lets you browse and view ELIXIR-wide training summaries and interact with dynamic reports.

What the Training Platform does

During the period 2019-23 the Platform has four tasks:

    Task 1: Training Toolkit

    Leaders: Gabriella Rustici (ELIXIR-UK) and Eva Alloza (ELIXIR-ES)

    Goals:

    • To publish and adopt a training toolkit
      Lead: Eva Alloza (ELIXIR-ES)
    • To expand the training toolkit and assess the training impact
      Lead: Gabriella Rustici and Kim Gurwitz (ELIXIR-UK)

    Activities:

    • Creating a set of dedicated pages for the Handbook on TeSS and populating them with materials, links and appropriate references to all ELIXIR training best practices and guidelines.
    • Collecting all statistics and feedback data from ELIXIR Nodes through a dedicated platform; publishing a report presenting long-term impact within ELIXIR, including the impact on ELIXIR services, Platforms and Communities.

    Task 2: Gap analysis, training materials development and training delivery

    Leaders: Fotis Psomopoulos (ELIXIR-GR), Brane Leskošek (ELIXIR-SI) and Jessica Lindvall (ELIXIR-SE)

    Goals:

    • To analyse training gaps in ELIXIR Platforms, Communities, Nodes and Industry
      Lead: Fotis Psomopoulos (ELIXIR-GR)
    • To develop training materials for identified gaps and for ELIXIR Services, Resources, and Communities
      Lead: Brane Leskosek (ELIXIR-SI)
    • To scale up ELIXIR training
      Lead: Jessica Lindvall (ELIXIR-SE)
    • To define ELIXIR Core Training Resources
      Lead: Fotis Psomopoulos (ELIXIR-GR)

    Activities:

    • Identifying the training needs for each Platform and Community through dedicated surveys and in a limited number of dedicated meetings between the Training Platform and representatives of the Platforms, Communities, Nodes, resource providers and industry.
    • Organizing hackathons to gather the experts in the identified topics and produce training materials together. These materials will be available to the Nodes/Platforms/Communities, exposed in TeSS, and their usage promoted in dedicated courses and in Train-the-Trainer courses. Training trainers in delivering the content of the training materials, through the staff exchange programme.
    • Collaborating with the other Platforms, Communities and Nodes to co-organise the courses that need to be rolled-out. The Training Platform will launch a competitive call for Platforms, Communities and Nodes to select topics for a limited number of training courses. In addition, the Platform will support running of new or mature courses which are organised and funded by other Platforms, Communities or Nodes.

    Task 3: Training Technical Infrastructure

    Leaders: Niall Beard (ELIXIR-UK) and Alexander Botzki (ELIXIR-BE)

    Goals:

    • To maintain the TeSS registry
      Lead: Niall Beard (ELIXIR-UK)
    • To prepare future technical developments of TeSS
      Lead: Niall Beard (ELIXIR-UK)
    • To expand the e-learning portfolio of the ELIXIR Platform
      Lead: Alexander Botzki (ELIXIR-BE)
    • To integrate the ELIXIR Training Handbook in TeSS
      Lead: Niall Beard (ELIXIR-UK)

    Activities:

    • Performing routine maintenance of TeSS, maintenance of integrations between TeSS and other registries (bio.tools, FAIRsharing, Impact platform, etc.), maintenance of integrations between TeSS and third-party services; continued community work on interoperable training specifications with the Bioschemas group.
    • Guiding new developments from the feedback from the Training Coordinators, as well as from TeSS users participating in a series of UX activities to be launched in the last year of EXCELERATE and continued in the period 2020-2023.
    • Tagging e-learning activities of the Nodes as "e-learning" in TeSS. Creating a dedicated section in TeSS to make these e-learning activities visible and findable in TeSS.
    • Developping TeSS to integrate the ELIXIR Training Handbook.

    Task 4: Training Capacity Building

    Leaders: Allegra Via (ELIXIR-IT) and Patricia Palagi (ELIXIR-CH)

    Goals:

    • To plan the Train the trainer events (Link to the webpage)
      Lead: Allegra Via (ELIXIR-IT) and Patricia Palagi (ELIXIR-CH)
    • To identify training needs within management and operations
      Lead: Pascal Kahlem (ELIXIR-Hub)

    Activities:

    • Organising the Train the trainer (TtT) events. ELIXIR trainers will volunteer to teach in the TtT events. The Nodes involved in the task will contribute to the development of the training materials. We will ensure that criteria for TtT certification are aligned with those developed in Task 2, and TtT materials become part of ELIXIR recommended resources.
    • Forming a working group to design and implement needs’ analysis, and be responsible for producing the assessment and recommendations reports.

    Implementation Studies

    ELIXIR funds a number of short term, technical projects (Implementation Studies) that inform future service development, drive standards adoption and engage the Nodes. The Training Platform is involved in the following studies:

    For completed studies see the Implementation Studies page.

    Leadership

    Patricia Palagi
    Patricia Palagi
    patricia.palagi[at]sib[dot]swiss
    (ELIXIR Switzerland)
    Celia Van Gelder
    Celia van Gelder
    celia.van.gelder[at]dtls[dot]nl
    (ELIXIR Netherlands)
    Gabriella Rustici
    Gabriella Rustici
    gr231[at]cam.ac[dot]uk
    (ELIXIR UK)
    Pascal Kahlem
    Pascal Kahlem
    pkahlem[at]googlemail[dot]com
    (ELIXIR Hub)
    Platform Coordinator

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