NanoCommons was present at the OpenTox Asia 2018 conference, organised by Douglas Connect, to promote the project’s data management goals and approach. The presentation on data management for nanosafety research (abstract), was given by Tassos Papadiamantis of the University of Birmingham and focused on the need of data management in nanosafety research and how it can cover all aspects of the nanosafety data lifecycle, starting from experimental planning and reaching FAIR data. Data management can also ensure that collected data stay safe, can be easily handled and analysed, and is continuously available via data repositories (FAIR data). Tassos also demonstrated the applicability and benefits of data management at various levels, starting from a single laboratory and ending with an EU project-wide collaboration, and the benefits of automating the experimental workflow and data management process through the use of online lab-books.
The slides of the presentation can be found here.
Barry Hardy of Douglas Connect also gave a talk on “Collaborative Development of Predictive Toxicology and Safety Assessment Resources” (abstract), during which he gave an overview of the OpenTox Conferences series, the best practices in Data Management and Harmonisation, what we have learned on Collaborative Infrastructure Development, OpenRiskNet project as a community effort developing an open engineering infrastructure supporting risk assessment, the European-Japan collaboration as demonstrated by Garuda-OpenTox developments and more.
Finally, Johan Nyström-Persson of Douglas Connect demonstrated the benefits of data integration and interoperability in toxicology and Life Sciences in general, through the OpenTox – Garuda collaboration (abstract). The approach combines the user-friendliness of web interfaces and interactive notebooks with the correctness and scalability of linked data, which was demonstrated uploading a dataset and automatically annotating it with ontology terms.