Invitation to a demo of the OpenRiskNet e-infrastructure
The e-infrastructure project OpenRiskNet developing a platform providing data and modelling tools for predictive toxicology and risk assessment and coordinated by DouglasConnect, is entering its second stage, in which the platform is made accessible to everyone. In the first phase, advanced concepts have been developed and implemented into the first version of the platform including building and deploying of virtual research environments (VREs), a reference environment accessible by everyone for testing, harmonized and partly semantically annotated data and modelling services, corresponding training material as well as seven risk assessment case studies, which are used to evaluate and optimize the infrastructure.
To be able to describe the features in more detail, we would like to invite you and/or your co-workers to virtual meetings, in which the technical details of the infrastructure will be presented, how the services can be used on the reference or a locally deployed VRE and how additional services can be integrated. The first intro and demo meetings will take place on September 24, 4-6pm CEST and September 27 and October 4, 4-5pm CEST (11am EST) in collaboration with the National Cancer Informatics Program Nanotechnology Working Group. Please register for this event by filling out the doode at https://douglas-connect.doodle.com/poll/bbi6udva259tmeyw
Alternatively, you can also meet us at different conferences during September and October, where we will present OpenRiskNet in posters or just discuss it with you informally. The next chance to do so will be at the EuroTox meeting in Brussels next week: see us at posters P05-25, P05-16 and P19-25 as well as at the booth 29.
Or you can just start to explore the platform yourself. The reference environment is available at https://home.prod.openrisknet.org/. You will find there a continuously updated list of integrated services and (soon) example workflows, which will show how to combine services to fully exploit the benefits of the harmonization and interoperability concepts.
And if you like what you see, we encourage you to participate. This can start simple by filling in the requirement survey, which will be used to continuously optimize the platform to fulfill all your requirements. Or you can help us in designing and executing the case studies. If you are working in predictive toxicology or risk assessment, you probably at least once were faced with the need of easier data access or improved modelling tools in one of these seven areas and OpenRiskNet (with your guidance on how to prioritize the services to be integrated) could be exactly the perfect solution for this. And finally, if you have a tool, which you would like to see as a central part of the infrastructure, you might be interested in our Implementation Challenge, which will provide extended technical support and some financial support to external partners for the integration of their tools. Next deadline to apply is 30 September 2018.