FAIRplus project logo



  • To establish a process for selecting and prioritising IMI project databases for FAIRification.
  • To develop guidelines, tools and metrics needed to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).
  • To deliver tailored training for data handlers (academia, SMEs and pharmaceuticals).
  • To change and sustain the data management culture in pharma, academia and SMEs.
  • To organise FAIR ‘Innovation and SME Events’ to foster an innovation ecosystem on FAIR open data to power future reuse, knowledge generation, and societal benefit.

Heriot-Watt will be involved with the linkage of datasets, feeding into the Interoperability of the data.

ELIXIR Bioschemas: Community Adoption and Training

This implementation study aims to lift Bioschemas from “pilot” to “practice” and will:

  • Disseminate and Train: Develop training material; improve the Bioschemas website; make compliant datasets visible in ELIXIR registries.
  • Adopt: Topic specific workshops; Node-based workshops and inter-node staff exchange; strategic engagement with data platform Core Data Resources and implementation studies.
  • Sustain: Incorporation into; and establish Bioschemas Community governance.
  • Impact: Highlight use cases, showcase impact stories and identify how to mitigate attrition.

Bioschemas Implementation Study

The aim of this Implementation Study is to deliver Bioschemas specifications and demonstrators for the following content types: Data repository, Dataset, Sample and Protein annotations. Additionally it will support the development of other content types like Phenotype and Beacons planned in other ELIXIR activities. The project will also provide support and engagement of the Bioschemas community, including meetings, hackathons, knowledge dissemination, and training in adoption of Bioschemas. The project is led by the ELIXIR Bioschemas working group.


ELIXIR-EXCELERATE is a HORIZON 2020 project to help ELIXIR coordinate and extend national and international data resources and ensure the delivery of world-leading life-science data services. It supports a pan-European training programme, anchored in national infrastructures, to increase bioinformatics capacity and competency. It also provides efficiencies in management and operation throughout the infrastructure, which is distributed amongst more than 20 European countries.

ELIXIR-EXCELERATE is funded by the European Commission within the Research Infrastructures programme of Horizon 2020, grant agreement number 676559.