Becoming a Node Service
The services of ELIXIR consist of the collective contribution of services of all national Nodes and comprise specialised databases, data resources, software tools, workflows, … These are as diverse as the national Nodes and largely reflect the activities of the national bioinformatics communities.
Partner institutes of ELIXIR Belgium can apply for one or more Node Services upon the call for Node Services organised every two years. All types of bioinformatics resources accelerating research in life-science are eligible (databases, data resources, software tools, workflows, web services,…) provided they are open to external users, preferably internationally, but at least at the national level. Commercial resources are not eligible.
Benefits. Selected Node Services are added to ELIXIR Belgium’s Service Delivery Plan, which identifies and labels important resources produced by the Belgian bioinformatics community. Although no direct funding is linked to ELIXIR Belgium Node Services, there are a number of benefits associated with it. The selection procedure includes the evaluation of a service by international experts allowing its further growth. Node Services are published on the ELIXIR Europe and ELIXIR Belgium websites which increases the visibility of the service. The Node Service quality label is also a criterion for eligibility in ELIXIR proposals and required to become an ELIXIR Core Data Resource, Deposition Database or Recommended Interoperability Resource.
A list of the current ELIXIR Belgium Node Services can be found on the ELIXIR website. To discover all our services more into detail, you may visit the Services page on this website.
Members of our international Scientific Advisory Board evaluate candidate services on scientific focus and quality, quality of service, maturity, sustainability and impact. Two categories are distinguished: mature Node Services and emerging Node Services. Established services with multi-annual experience and a strong user-base are classified in the mature Node Services category and are evaluated every other year. Emerging Node Services reflect services of high international importance that have yet not been able to attract a large user-base and are evaluated yearly.
The previous call for Node Services was held in 2022, the next call is planned for Spring 2024.