ELIXIR-STEERS supports ELIXIR’s long-term operations by addressing the recommendations of the European Commission and ESFRI on the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures. It will strengthen the operational excellence of ELIXIR Nodes, support the training and development of professional and scientific staff in ELIXIR Nodes, expand the membership of ELIXIR to new countries, especially to widening countries; enable international collaboration in particular with Latin America and Africa as well as stimulate innovation and industry engagement.

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its more than 20 Nodes. ELIXIR enables users in academia and industry to access services such as databases, software, training, standards, compute provided through national Nodes. 

Large-scale data analytics require that researchers can find and analyse data distributed across Europe. The purpose of ELIXIR-STEERS is to build capacity for large-scale, cross-border data analysis and for this capacity to be embedded across member states. The project directly benefits life scientists by allowing software and workflows to meet requirements of those using them in national centres. A robust, reproducible and green approach to software and workflow provision will ensure that scientists have access to high quality, energy-efficient analysis tools. ELIXIR-STEERS will also develop the crediting and recognition systems for software, supporting improvements to research assessment frameworks. 

As an ELIXIR-STEERS consortium member, CSC will develop reporting and environmental impact awareness to the workflow management system Nextflow. The new features will allow researchers to be aware of the environmental impact of an analysis and enable them to take it into account.

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