Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

Since its establishment in 2006, The University of Oxford's Oxford e-Research Centre has grown to be an internationally prestigious team of over 50 multidisciplinary researchers committed to accelerating research through digital technology innovation in scientific research. We connect disciplines, applications and computation to accelerate national and international research and collaboration. The Centre is home to a portfolio of research projects in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, life, natural and biomedical sciences, technology and research infrastructure development. We have collaborations with numerous research units, leading consortiums and building research collaborations  in the US, Australasia  and Europe.

Previously based at EMBL-EBI, Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone, is an Associated Director at the Centre leading the life, natural and biomedical areas. She is also a Centre's Principal Investigator with proven experience in support of data curation, community-driven data standards, ontology engineering and knowledge management - running several e-infrastructure projects funded by EU, BBSRC, MRC, NERC and industrial partners. She is also a consultant for Nature Publishing Group on open access data publication platforms. Full profile at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/sasansone

Susanna's team could contribute to projects with:

  • data management expertise - both as service and as research activity
  • experience with a variety of datasets (samples, technologies and measurements) types in diverse domains (life sciences, environmental and biomedical)
  • user engagement and requirements solicitation
  • data curation and harmonization, focusing on experimental descriptions
  • database and software development
  • development of production-level data publication platforms (we have an active collaborations with: GigaScienceNPG Scientific Data - which Susanna is consultant for;  F1000 Research; and Data Dryad - Susanna is on its Board of Directors)
  • data provenance and reproducibility (Susanna is on the Technical Board of the Research Data Alliance)
  • development and use of open, community ontologies and standards (Susanna's team members are also developers, board members and/or founders of several standards initiatives, e.g.: GSC, Metabolomics Society, OBI, OBO Foundry).
  • semantic web/linked data technologies
  • training (Susanna leads the Oxford e-Research Centre in the Elixir UK Node, and leads on the ‘standards and curation’ activities)

Links to our relevant projects and presentations, for more information:

  1. ISA metadata tracking tools and community (http://www.isa-tools.org and http://isacommons.org): http://www.slideshare.net/SusannaSansone/isa-a-short-overview-dec-2013
  2. BioSharing catalogue of community standards: http://biosharing.org/
  3. NPG Scientific Data data publication platform, using ISA and plans with GBIF community: http://www.slideshare.net/SusannaSansone/sci-data-gbiptdwgmeetingoct2013
  4. Work ongoing on data publication with GigaScience: http://www.gigasciencejournal.com/content/pdf/2047-217X-2-14.pdf and http://www.slideshare.net/GigaScience/scott-edmunds-ismb-talk-on-big-dat... (see slides 22 to 42)
Organisation name: 
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Contact name: 
Susanna-Assunta Sansone
Contact e-mail: 
Software as service
Data management
User interface: 
Applied science/policy
999 984 350
Organisation type: 
Thu, 2013-12-05 19:34 -- SAS

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