SIGDIUS Seminar - online -

June 10, 2020, 2:00 p.m. (CEST)

Time: June 10, 2020, 2:00 p.m. (CEST)
  This seminar will be a virtual meeting via Webex Teams. For participation, please send an e-mail to with the subject line "SIGDIUS seminar 10.6."
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The Special Interest Group Data Infrastructure offers a forum to interested working groups that want to set up or further develop an RDM infrastructure at working group or institute level. We invite you to a monthly SIGDIUS seminar, to which we invite internal and external experts for presentations and discussions. SIGDIUS members will have the opportunity to exchange their experiences with concrete RDM infrastructures.

We cordially invite all interested parties to our next meeting on 10 June 2020 at 2pm. Due to the current situation, this seminar will be held as an online seminar.  For participation, please send an e-mail to with the subject line "SIGDIUS seminar 10.6."

Daniel Juchli* (SiLA, Basel) will talk about "Digitalization requires connectivity and data standards"

Everybody sees the need for "Digital transformation". Many manufacturers of software and instruments use buzz words such as Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Lab, Connected Lab, etc.. Hoever, they rarely consider that this type of networking requires stable data and communication standards. "Industry 4.0" or the Internet of Things (IoT) are not standards. Many manufacturers in the laboratory (automation) sector still base their "digital strategy" on proprietary interfaces. The "digital transformation" is only possible through open, expandable and license-free standards such as SiLA 2 and AnIML. This presentation gives an overview of standardization organizations, the current status and reports on various organizations and standards.

Guido Reina (VISUS, University of Stuttgart) will talk about "Research software sustainability for the open-source particle visualization framework MegaMol"

*Daniel Juchli, Head of Lab & Research IT at wega Informatik AG, Switzerland and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at the SiLA Consortium

Daniel's professional background is based on a dual qualification, as a chemist and as an IT professional. He has over 20 years of professional experience in both disciplines. Daniel speaks both the language of scientists and IT experts and can translate between the participants in project teams. His life science knowledge enables him to bridge the gap between the needs of users and the technical possibilities of IT systems. Daniel is an expert in leading projects for the development of laboratory automation and IT solutions in life sciences environments, such as research and development laboratories or QC laboratories in regulated environments. Daniel joined SiLA in 2014 as a representative of SiLA's supporting Member wega Informatik. Since then, he has been instrumental in the development of SiLA 2.

At the University of Stuttgart an increasing number of working groups want to comply with the FAIR Data Principles. Therefore they want to use a laboratory-information-management-system / electronic laboratory book (LIMS/ELN) for their experimental work or a documentation system for simulation work. Such systems are used for data integration and facilitate for example the connection of experimentally acquired data to the respective modelling environment.

The development of methods, standards and tools for research data management (RDM) is currently very dynamic; the scientific fields are fragmented in terms of processes and standards. This fragmentation is particularly evident in a number of about 300 existing LIMS/ELN products, which on the one hand offer very specific solutions for individual applications and on the other hand try to serve a broad spectrum of users. Under these conditions, it is difficult to select the appropriate RDM strategy.


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