SIS has several collaborations and projects running with ETH groups in D-BSSE, D-BIOL, D-HEST, D-GESS. We are also involved in a few Swiss-wide and Europe-wide initiatives, listed below.

swissuniversities manages a program on "scientific information: access, processing and safeguarding" called P-5 (Link). SIS is a partner in two projects which are part of this program.

EnhanceR - Enhancing Research through IT Expertise

EnhanceR (Link) is a national initiative to provide specialised research IT support to the Swiss research academic sector. It achieves this goal by federating Research IT specialist groups at various academic institutions across Switzerland.

Through EnhanceR, research organisations can receive support from leading experts in their fields on a range of topics including:

  • Consultancy
  • Training
  • Code developement and improvement
  • Porting to new infrastructures and cloud migration
  • Tool and support service development
  • Testing and benchmarking across infrastructures
  • Specialised data analysis
  • External funding proposal development

openRDM.swiss - A National Data Management Service Based on the ETH RDM Platform

The main goal of openRDM.swiss is to offer quantitative research groups at all Swiss Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences a reliable and cost-efficient solution for their research data management needs. Currently, such a service exists neither at the national level nor in the majority of academic institutions. This national RDM service is based on the openBIS ELN-LIMS data management platform developed by ETH SIS. Whilst originally developed primarily for management of large datasets in the life sciences, the generic underlying structure of openBIS makes it amenable to be used in other disciplines of quantitative research, such as physics and environmental sciences.


In addition, SIS is also a partner in the project FAIRDOM.

FAIRDOM

FAIRDOM (Link) supports researchers, students, trainers, funders and publishers by enabling Systems Biology projects to make their Data, Operating procedures and Models, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. It is a European project with partners from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. In Switzerland, the effort is funded via SystemsX.ch.

To this end, the proven data management systems openBIS and SEEK will be federated into a new system openSEEK. ETH Scientific IT Services is one of the five partners in the the FAIRDOM consortium which is funded by national funding bodies from Switzerland, Germany and the UK.

What are FAIR principles about?

Findable
Make projects, people, catalogue of assets searchable. Link models, samples, data, SOPs.

Accessible
Manage and store your data, samples and models ("assets"), give and manage access to items, provide versioning.

Interoperable
Based on Standards, with support for Curation. Provide plug-ins and APIs to interlink with tools and other platforms.

Reusable
Enable reproducible research and consistent reporting. Simulate models with experimental data. Give Digial Object Identifiers (DOIs) to data and model items.