FAIRtracks, a JSON Schema defining a draft standard for minimal genomic track metadata, has been announced to be a new ELIXIR Recommended Interoperability Resource (RIR) after an exhaustive internal and external evaluation process. The FAIRtracks ecosystem is a collaboration between ELIXIR Norway, ELIXIR Spain and EMBL/EBI. The FAIRtracks together with BioImage Informatics Index (BIII), Omics Discovery Index (OmicsDI) and PLAZA have joined the existing list of ten RIRs.
Other ELIXIR RIRs developed by ELIXIR Spain are 3DBIONOTES API, a reusable platform-independent API call component for protein and gene metadata alignment, annotation, and integration across major bioinformatic data resources, and DisGeNET RDF API, an RDF SPARQL Endpoint for DisGeNET, a knowledge platform on human disease genes and variants.
Recommended Interoperability Resources are ELIXIR services considered to be vital to enable the interoperability of databases and metadata. These resources include registries, tools and standards to ensure data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR).
All ELIXIR RIRs are open to anyone free of charge and research funding agencies often reference the set as an instrument for researchers to fulfil their data management obligations.
The FAIRtracks ecosystem is a collaboration between ELIXIR Norway, ELIXIR Spain and EMBL/EBI. It involves gathering, curating, validating, integrating, and indexing the metadata of genomic track datasets (files with reference genome coordinates of observed or predicted features), properly annotated as to be considered FAIR. FAIRtracks is a set of JSON Schemas defining a minimal draft standard used to consolidate genomic track metadata from various sources. Downstream clients can query through the TrackFind webtool/API.
- Adapted from original news published by ELIXIR (15.02.2021): https://elixir-europe.org/news/four-new-elixir-recommended-interoperability-resources
- For more information about ELIXIR Recommended Interoperability Resources view the ELIXIR dedicated page: elixir-europe.org/platforms/interoperability/rirs