Use Cases

Use Cases coordinate ELIXIR’s activities in four domains of life science: Human Data, Rare Disease, Marine Metagenomics and Plant Sciences. They bring together experts to develop specialised standards, services, workshops and Implementation Studies in these domains. The Use Cases also provide feedback on the Platform services, which helps ensure they are practical and useful.

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Human Data

Develops long-term strategies for managing and accessing sensitive human data.

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Rare Diseases

Supports the development of new therapies for rare diseases.

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Marine Metagenomics

Develops a sustainable metagenomics infrastructure to nurture research and innovation in the marine domain.

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Plant Sciences

Develops an infrastructure to facilitate genotype-phenotype analysis for crop and tree species.

Goals of the Use Cases

  • To tie together ELIXIR services into effective workflows that support the needs of the life science community
  • To guide the coordination and enhancement of ELIXIR’s resources in a specific domain (e.g. Human Data, Marine Metagenomics)
  • To demonstrate the effectiveness of ELIXIR services
  • To test the technologies and solutions developed by ELIXIR Platforms.

The four Use Cases began in 2015 with the start of the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE grant and will run at least until 2019. The ELIXIR-EXCELERATE project provides the funding to support the coordination and management of the Use Cases. It also funds many of the technical activities taking place. Additional activities in each Use Case are funded through the budget of the ELIXIR Hub and carried out through Implementation Studies.