Strengthening community ties: NFDI and bioinformatics

The first international conference on research data infrastructure (CoRDI), organised by the NFDI, brought together members from all 26 NFDI consortia as well as parties interested in research data management and FAIR data usage in Karlsruhe. Over three days, the different consortia presented their progress and services while fostering collaboration across the NFDI. Our Team presented three talks on consent tools, patient engagement, and the international context surrounding GHGA as well as a poster on our metadata model. It was great to see many colleagues visit the poster and table at the market of consortia, engaging in discussions about GHGA's strategies and services. Meeting face-to-face for the first time within this huge project leaves everybody refreshed to continue the mission of helping research data fulfil its full potential.

At the same time, four GHGA members from the workflow and training workstreams headed to Hamburg for the German Conference on Bioinformatics (GCB). Our first ever in-person workshop on standardising NGS analysis workflows drew strong attendance. We enjoyed the lively discussion and the communities’ interest in GHGA.  We will be working on bringing the workshop to other conferences soon. Over the next three days, we enjoyed many talks covering the wide field that is bioinformatics and were happy to discuss GHGA and our work during the poster session. Finally, we enjoyed touring the DESY campus and getting an insight into the work done there. We’re excited to be part of the GCB again next year. See you in Bielefeld!