Though the Plant Sciences Community has already implemented some critical elements of its roadmap, the project plan for this community implementation study features three key objectives, with each objective addressed in a corresponding work package:
- Firstly, the promotion and finalizing of plant services and tools through ELIXIR service bundles. The first work-package of the study aims at increasing practicability of tools dedicated to studies in plant sciences and promoting their outreach.
- Secondly, the specification of a European Plant Data Portal that brings together all aggregation and deposition databases related to plants thereby ensuring FAIR data findability and reuse (WP2).
- Lastly, the improvement of tools for services bundles and submission pipelines (WP3). Gathering and formatting of data and metadata increasingly relies on community driven tools such as FAIRDOM/Seek, COPO and ISA-Tools. Through aligned validation profiles and API use, their interoperability will be improved thereby easing submission to ELIXIR Databases and exchange across tools or repositories.
Ten ELIXIR Nodes are involved in this study: ELIXIR France, ELIXIR Belgium (Frederik Coppens, Flora D’Anna, Bert Droesbeke, Michiel Van Bel), ELIXIR Germany, ELIXIR France, ELIXIR Greece, ELIXIR Italy, ELIXIR The Netherlands, ELIXIR Portugal, ELIXIR Slovenia, and ELIXIR UK.