Data-driven science is generating biological data at unprecedented rates. To make the information sequestered in the accumulating data accessible to the community, and to represent it such that it can be translated to knowledge, requires the development of rigorous data-stewardship practices and deployment of training. Data science is an emerging field, and training programmes are just being established. Best practices in data curation and in data-science training need to be established.

This is the group of people that care for standards in training and for training!


To create awareness and apply standards across bioinformatics training and foster best practices in relevant fields such as biocuration, data-sciences and academic software production. Committee objectives

The Standards Committee aims to:

1. develop minimal standards for creating training materials and courses, to increase the quality of training resources and programmes;

2. develop minimal standards for describing training materials and courses, to make them more discoverable (e.g., with Bioschemas);

3. develop minimal standards for evaluating training programmes (e.g., with ELIXIR);

4. explore recognition and accreditation mechanisms in collaboration with others;

If you are interested in learning more about our activities, or know of relevant standards projects, funding or events that should be shared with GOBLET, please get in touch with us:

Achievements & Highlights: 
Current projects & Activities : 

2018 projects
      • Implement minimum training material descriptors recommended by the Standards Committee
          - ensure Bioschemas compliance
      • Explore development of a registry of community standards, and tools for standards development
      • Map which bioinformatics standards are currently taught worldwide
      • Capture standards related training needs

Standards members

Sonika Tyagi Chair 04/11/2017 view
Gabriella Rustici Member 02/23/2017 view
Patricia Palagi Member 11/06/2013 view
Sarah L Morgan Member view
Terri Attwood Member & Liaison to Exec Committee 01/17/2017 view
Mike Charleston Member 01/16/2017 view
Annette McGrath Member 08/21/2017 view


  1. STANDARDS: Training Materials Descriptors

    The Standards Committee has been working on developing Training Materials Descriptors together with Bioschemas.

    Here you can find the specification for describing training materials in life sciences proposed by the Bioschemas group:

    Here the consensus reached by GOBLET for descriptors of Training materials: