A distributed infrastructure for life-science information
The goal of ELIXIR is to establish ways that life scientists can manage, integrate and reuse research data. To make sure we do this effectively, we work with the scientific community to gather practical requirements and feedback.
One way we work with the scientific community is through ‘Use Cases’. These are collaborations between ELIXIR and life scientists in a particular domain (e.g. Marine metagenomics) to ensure that the services developed by ELIXIR Platforms are fit for purpose.
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
We have initially established four Use Cases that represent a broad range of disciplines. These communities provide feedback and guidance to critical areas for ELIXIR operations (data deposition, integration and reuse), and also form strong partnership with industry, SMEs and other research infrastructures.
Human Data: developing long-term strategies for managing and accessing sensitive human data.
Rare Diseases: supporting the development of new therapies for rare diseases.
Marine Metagenomics: developing a sustainable metagenomics infrastructure to nurture research and innovation in the marine domain.
Plant Sciences: developing an infrastructure to facilitate genotype-phenotype analysis for crop and tree species.
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.