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Partners: INSTRUCT-ERIC, EU-OpenScreen/Fraunhofer ITMP and EuroBioImaging

Project description

This project represents the effort of 3 EOSC-Life partners to propel the imaging data within the European scientific landscape towards embracing the FAIR principles—making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The project focused on sharing and integrating imaging data in various fields, with a special spotlight on fighting SARS-CoV-2.

By developing and extending four distinct, open-access infrastructures, the initiative aimed at connecting different domains of the imaging community, from cellular to molecular levels.

BatchConvert enables the concurrent conversion of image data collections to standard cloud-optimised file formats and their transfer to/from remote storage, hence addressing the critical need for efficient large data handling. Meanwhile, COVID-19 and infectious diseases knowledge graphs by EU-OpenScreen encapsulate the molecular landscape of these diseases, aiding in the discovery of potential treatments. 3DBionotes-WS and the COVID-19 Structural Hub enhance access to protein models and their annotations, including those coming from the bioimaging field bridging the gap between bioimaging data and molecular insights.

This strategic alignment of resources and efforts was designed to provide researchers with a panoramic view of the disease, unraveling its molecular underpinnings and mapping out the therapeutic landscape. The success of this approach in the context of SARS-CoV-2 sets a scalable and adaptable blueprint for tackling other infectious diseases.

Technical challenge

The initiative addresses the critical social challenge of accelerating scientific understanding and treatment discovery for COVID-19, aiming to equip researchers with the data and tools necessary for swift, informed responses to this and future health crises.

Achieving efficient image data sharing, data harmonization and interoperability presented substantial technical hurdles, including the difficulty of handling large image datasets​, lack of standardization for data and metadata and a lack of connection between high-level imaging data and molecular imaging data.

EOSC added value

EOSC Future played a pivotal role in the seamless integration of the three key infrastructures within the project, significantly streamlining communication and coordination efforts. By incorporating the project’s outputs into its centralized, user-friendly Marketplace, EOSC widened their visibility and accessibility to the research community. Insight into the impact and effectiveness of these outputs was facilitated through detailed reports from EOSC Core Services, offering valuable feedback on their contribution to resolving community challenges. Additionally, EOSC Future offered robust infrastructure support for deploying the project’s tools, ensuring efficient implementation and widespread adoption.

Main results

Use case infographic – BatchConvert
Use case infographic – KG and 3DBionotes-WS/Structural Hub bundle


Demo on how to use BatchConvert

Demo on how to find and use COVID-19 KG and 3DBionotes-WS bundle

Demo of 3DBionotes and the COVID-19 Structural Hub

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