Hackathon for making data discoverable through the COVID-19 Data Portal

8 February 2023


Date of the event: 8 February 2023, 14:00-16:00 CET

In this Hackathon participants will learn how to provide a metadata file for making content of a data resource discoverable through the COVID-19 Data Portal. The Portal is a central, high level entry point of COVID-19 related knowledge across a broad range of domains, from molecular biology via clinical data to social sciences, to connect information across the EOSC ecosystem as well as with international resources. Beyond Covid, the experience from the COVID-19 Data Portal will also be used to prepare for rapid response to potential future pandemic scenarios.

Benefits of adding your data to the COVID-19 Data Portal include:

  • Visibility for your data resource
  • Experience in multi-domain metadata integration
  • Increased support for general pandemic preparedness and response

Who should attend? Technical representatives of public data resources with content related to Covid-19 or the larger pandemic preparedness context.

We will provide a quick overview of the principles, and then will work on concrete examples to provide metadata for a resource in the required format. Thus, some familiarity with generating data reports, and general metadata principles would be helpful. Participation in the previous Discoverability hackathon is not required, the workshop is open to all interested potential content providers.

Recommended Preparation

  1. Register your data source (database, repository, knowledgebase) in FAIRsharing; see instructions by WP2.
  2. Study the BY-COVID WP3 Metadata documentation
  3. We invite you to test your metadata with this validator before the hackathon.


14:00 - 14:15Introduction (Mari Kleemola (CESSDA/TAU-FSD))
14:15 - 14:45Make your resources’ metadata discoverable in the COVID-19 Portal and beyond
( Henning Hermjakob, Matt Pearce (EMBL-EBI))
14:45 - 16:00Workshop to discuss participants’ resource metadata formatting challenges;
Open Questions

Please find the link to register below.