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Umbrella Data Management Plans to integrate FAIR data : lessons from the ISIDORe and BY-COVID consortia for pandemic preparedness

  • 1. European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents (ERINHA)
  • 2. ELIXIR Hub
  • 3. Dept. of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, and Stazione Zoologica Anton Dorhn
  • 4. The University of Manchester
  • 5. Euro-BioImaging ERIC Bio-Hub, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • 6. European Virus Archive - GLOBAL (EVA-GLOBAL), unité des virus émergents - [ UVE - UMR190 ] - Aix Marseille Université, IRD 190, INSERM U1207
  • 7. European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (ECRIN)
  • 8. Department of Computer Science, The University of Manchester
  • 10. Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI-ERIC)
  • 11. VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
  • 12. Institut Pasteur (IP), Genetics and Genomics of Insect Vectors Unit (Infravec) & Department of Anthropologie and Ecology of Disease Unit (Sonar-Global)
  • 13. Instruct-ERIC, Oxford
  • 14. CNB-CSIC, Instruct-ES
  • 15. European Virus Archive - GLOBAL (EVA-GLOBAL), unité des virus émergents - [ UVE - UMR 190 ] - Aix Marseille Université, IRD 190, INSERM U1207
  • 16. VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology,
  • 17. Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology ITMP, Cluster of Excellence for Immune-Mediated Diseases CIMD
  • 18. European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
  • 19. ata Readiness Group, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford
  • 20. CECT-University of Valencia
  • 21. La Rochelle Université, Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés (LIENSs), UMR 7266 CNRS – La Rochelle University
  • 22. European Vaccine Initiative
  • 23. Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
  • 24. ATHENA Research Center / OpenAIRE
  • 25. IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico San Martino
  • 26. Data Readiness Group, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford



The Horizon Europe project ISIDORe is dedicated to pandemic preparedness and responsiveness research. It brings together 17 Research Infrastructures (RIs) and networks to provide a broad range of services to infectious disease researchers. An efficient and structured treatment of data is central to ISIDORe's aim to furnish seamless access to its multidisciplinary catalogue of services, and to ensure that users' results are treated FAIRly. ISIDORe therefore requires a data management plan (DMP) covering both access management and research outputs, applicable over a broad range of disciplines, and compatible with the constraints and existing practices of its diverse partners.

We undertook an iterative, step-by-step, process to build a community-approved living document, identifying good practices and processes, on the basis of use cases, presented as proof of concepts. International fora such as the RDA and EOSC, and primarily the BY-COVID project, furnished registries, tools and online data platforms, as well as standards, and the support of data scientists. Together, these elements provide a path for building an umbrella, FAIR-compliant DMP, aligned as fully as possible with FAIR principles, which could also be applied as a framework for data management harmonisation in other large-scale, challenge-driven projects. Finally, we discuss how data management and reuse can be further improved through the writing of realistic DMPs using 'DMP profiles' and, in the future, the contribution of an inter RIs data steward network, to produce a Community of Practice that could be integrated into planned trans-RI competence centres.


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EOSC-Life – Providing an open collaborative space for digital biology in Europe 824087
European Commission
BY-COVID – Beyond COVID 101046203
European Commission
ISIDORe – Integrated Services for Infectious Disease Outbreak Research 101046133
European Commission