Course Overview
Various data intensive initiatives are taking place in South Africa that will involve in the storing and describing of genomics data in various platforms. The utility of data for research and reuse is how well structured and described the data and meta-data records are as this contributes towards making data FAIR. Bioschemas ( aims to improve data findability and interoperability in life sciences. It does this by encouraging people in life science to use markup, so that their websites and services contain consistently structured information. This structured information then makes it easier to discover, collate and analyse distributed data. The main outcome of Bioschemas is a collection of specifications that provide guidelines to facilitate a more consistent adoption of markup within the life sciences.  The course will consist of two parts, an introduction and overview of Bioschemas, current implementation cases and a second part where participants with a technical computing background and access to their repository can work on implementing bioschemas and bioschema type forms on their websites for data deposit.
Intended Audience
People who work with the various data management initiatives and platforms in South Africa and would like to learn more about Bioschemas, and would like to incorporate Bioschemas when provisioning their services.
Keywords: data handling, ontologies, bioschemas, data management
Skill level of training: Intermediate
Language: English
Credential awarded: Letter of completion/attendance
Type of training: Blended/hybrid learning
Venue of the course:
Dates for the course: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 CAT to 14:30 CAT
Course organisers: Niall Beard, Paballo Chauke, Sumir Panji, Nicola Mulder
Course Sponsors: Bioschemas, Elixir and H3ABioNet
Course objectives

After this workshop participants should:

  • Understand how works and the motivations for using it
  • Know about Bioschemas
  • Know what are relevant Bioschemas profiles for their type of resource(s)
  • Have annotated (a selection of) their resources with Bioschemas
  • Be able to independently continue the work at their institution to annotate all their resources

Classroom applications

Registration for classrooms opens: Thu, 01/01/1970
Registration for classrooms closes: Thu, 01/01/1970
Link to classroom application form:
Notification date for successful classrooms: Thu, 01/01/1970
Maximum number of participants that may be accepted per classroom will be capped at

Participant applications

Registration for participants opens: Thu, 02/05/2019
Registration for participants closes: Mon, 06/05/2019
Participant registration link:
Syllabus and Tools

The workshop will provide an overview of, its approach and its principles. Focus will be on practical hands-on sessions where developers learn how to annotate their resources using specifications.


Some basic knowledge of research data management with a focus on genomics data. For the technical part of the workshop having knowledge of the data store one is working with and the ability to edit websites and pages on their data stores. Some background information can be accessed at:

Course limitations
This workshop provides and overview and guidance on using and implementing Bioschemas.
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Training material availability

Training materials used for this course were not directly produced by H3ABioNet but may be accessed here: Please note, these materials may be governed by different sharing/re-use policies, and you are encouraged to follow the policies of the external providers regarding material re-use and/or sharing.