University of Manchester‘s eScience Lab research group led by Professor Carole Goble has since 2001 been focused on research and development around tools designed for data driven and computational research, supporting the coming together of people, data and methods in a particular research area; this is also know as an e-laboratory. The group’s research and projects span a wide array of topics, including eScience, bioinformatics, biodiversity, scholarly communication, reproducible science, workflows, linked data, provenance, community building and knowledge representation. The team have been consistently publishing software as Open Source and have since its beginning advocated and supported Open Science best practices across domains.
The group is involved in multiple European initiatives, with a strong presence within the European-wide life science organization ELIXIR; Goble is Head of Node of ELIXIR-UK, and the group participate in EU projects EXCELERATE (FAIR data, TeSS training portal), CORBEL (data access and integration), EOSCPilot (open service platforms), EOSC-Life (incl. a European wide workflow repository), FAIRplus, IBISBA (synthetic biology) and Synthesis+. The eScience Lab plays an important part of providing Research Software Engineer training as co-lead of Software Sustainability Institute UK and running UK-wide activities for Data and Software Carpentry. Through ISBE activities the group has a key role in FAIRDOM (main developers of FAIRDOMHub) and had an integral part in founding Open PHACTS. International collaborations include Common Workflow Language (where the group has been heavily involved since its early days), Research Objects (led by the group), BioCompute Objects, Mendeley Data and NIH Data Commons, European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiatives, Research Data Alliance (RDA), Force11, and the Apache Software Foundation.