Workshop – Data management & Open Data in Life Science

Monday 22 May 2017

The workshop (final programme) was fully booked with more than 150 participants (researchers in the biomedical field from UNIL, CHUV, EPFL, UNIGE and HUG at all career stages as well as scientific information/data manager specialists).

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This workshop  on “Data management & Open Data” was part of the Lemanic “Open Science & reproducibility” workshop series that aims at educating researchers from UNIL, CHUV, EPFL, UNIGE and HUG about Open Science in order to improve transparency and reproducibility of their research. This series of events, supported by the FBM Publication & Data Management Unit at CHUV LibraryLemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School and RESAL is a unique opportunity for scientists to discuss and discover Open Science best practices and standards at all stages of the research process.




During the first part of this workshop, researchers have learned what are the  upcoming policies concerning data management and data sharing of the SNFS funding agency. They have also discover the visions of Prof. F. Bussy (Vice Rector for Research and International Relations, UNIL) and Prof. P. Vandergheynst (Vice President for education, EPFL) on Open Science. To help researchers, professionals involved in Big Data management at VitalIT/SIB as well as in Data Management Plan preparation at EPFL/DLCM have shown to researchers best practices in data management and how to collect, describe, store, secure and archive research data.

i. Welcome venue – Prof. Nicolas Fasel, Vice-Dean of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Biology and Medicine, UNIL/CHUV.

ii.“The Open Science Policy of UNIL” –  Prof. François Bussy, Vice Rector for Research and International Relations, UNIL.

iii “Future implementation of SNSF policies on Data Management Plan and Open Research Data” –  Dr. von Arx Martin & Dr. Lionel Perini, SNSF. Presentation

iv “Data Life Cycle Management and Data Management Plan:an Introduction” –  Dr. Aude Dieudé, EPFL & DLCM. Presentation

v. “Data life cycle management in large scale projects” –  Dr. Mark Ibberson & Dr. Robin Liechti, VitalIT, SIB. Presentation


The second part of the workshop was dedicated to Open Data. This session has provided researchers with guidance on how to share their data to increase the visibility of their work. They have discovered the actions undertaken by EPFL to favor Open Science with Prof. P. Vandergheynst (Vice President for education, EPFL). They have been introduced to journal (PloS, Nature Publishing Group) guidelines concerning data sharing. They have learned about data paper (Scientific Data, a  Nature Research Journal) as well as Zenodo and figshare, two adapted data repositories to meet journal requirements for publishing biomedical research data underlying their publication.

vi.“Data sharing, credit and re-use: who’s accountable?”–  Dr. Catriona MacCallum, PLOS Advocacy Director. Presentation

vii. “Open Science at EPFL” –  Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst, Vice President for Education, EPFL. Presentation

viii. “Sharing your data and software on Zenodo”- L Holm Nielsen, Manager of the H2020 Data repository Zenodo. Presentation

ix. “The State of Open and FAIR Data” – Miriam Keshani, Implementation Manager at figshare. Presentation

x.  “Beyond supplementary material: sharing data effectively through repositories and data journals”, Andrew L. Hufton, Managing Editor at Scientific Data, a Nature Research Journal. Presentation

xi. “Data driven, executable articles in Authorea” – Nathan Jenkins, founder of the platform Authorea. Live demo

Data management Services

Data management services at UNIL
  • UNIRIS (The Archive Service of UNIL). In order to provide UNIL researchers with a framework for the effective management of their active data, this service develops a five-year roadmap for the management of research data in collaboration with UNIL faculties and internal experts. The service is already providing resources (good practice guides, DMP templates, etc.) via the web, organize trainings (workshops, etc.) for researchers and conference on data management at UNIL. For more information, feel free to contact the service at the following address:
  • PACTT (Powering Academia-industry Collaborations and Technology Transfer)PACTT is the joint technology transfer office of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV). Contact us for commercialisation of research results, protection and management of intellectual property, negotiation and management of collaboration contracts with industry and other institutions, or if you need advice with the creation of a start-up company. For more information, feel free to contact the service at the following address:
  • IT services of UNIL ensure the storage, back-up and preservation of UNIL data.
Data management services at FBM UNIL & CHUV
  •  Centre de Recherche Clinique de Lausanne (CRC). FBM-UNIL/CHUV researchers conducting clinical study research should consult the CRC as earliest as possible when planning a prospective clinical study either interventional (trial) or observational. The CRC can provide them with services spanning from concept/design to publication, including solutions for electronic data capture, data management and statistical analysis. For more information, feel free to contact the service.
  • FBM Publication & Data Management Unit at CHUV LibraryThrough the process of data life cycle management, the BiUM publication management service is providing information, advice and help to FBM&CHUV researchers for the preparation of DMP and publishing their data through journal publications and selected repositories to increase the visibility of your work. Free practical courses about these aspects are also provided in French or English by this service on a regular basis (check courses calendar). For more information, feel free to contact the service at the following address:
  • Data management @ IUMSP. The Unit for Public Health Documentation and Data Management (uDDSP) offers a range of services to the IUMSP research teams to help them manage, share, publish and reuse their research data in order to fullfil funders and publishers requirements. Also, free introductory courses  on data management and DMP are provided in French by the uDDSP to FBM UNIL&CHUV researchers on a regular basis (check courses calendar). For more information, feel free to contact the service at the following address:
  • IT services of FBM  and CHUV  ensure the storage, back-up and preservation of FBM/CHUV data.

Additional information

Data management services at EPFL
  • Research Data Management Support Service at EPFL. A teamcombining the expertise of the EPFL Library and the Research Office offers to its community of researchers and its collaborators personalized support services and solutions to create Data Management Plan (DMP), optimize the management of their data and provide tailored training on a regular basis as well as on demand. For more information, feel free to contact the team at the following address:
Data management services at UNIGE
  • Division de l’information scientifique
  • This service is providing information (midi de l’information), advice and help to UNIGE researchers for research data management (DMP setting-up support and trainings). For more information, feel free to contact the service at the following address:
Data management services at Swiss Universities
  • Vital-IT is a Competency Centre in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology that provides infrastructure, support and technological R&D for life science and clinical research in Switzerland and internationally. is a plateform helping Swiss researchers for the management, storage, analyses, and publication of genomic, proteomic and metabolomic big datasets. For more information, feel free to contact the service at the following address:
  • Data Life Cycle Management (DLCM) the Swiss DLCM project provides Swiss researchers, information professionals and other people interested in Research Data Management with good practices, practical resources as well as news in regard to this topic.

You can contact for more information.