Ted Slater – Pistoia Alliance

Senior Director, Product Management PaaS

Ted Slater – Pistoia Alliance

Ted Slater is Senior Director, Product Management PaaS at Elsevier. He has held senior roles in large pharmaceutical and computing technology companies, content providers, and biotechs. He holds master’s degrees in Molecular Biology from the University of California at Riverside, and in Computer Science from New Mexico State University.

Title

Building a FAIR data Toolkit for Life Science industry

Session Abstract 
The Pistoia is developing a freely accessible toolkit to help companies implement the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Guiding Principles for data management and stewardship, comprising selected tools, best practices, and more, and which is being assembled together on a user-friendly and freely accessible web site.

 

Session Full Description
The Pistoia Alliance, a global non-profit that works to lower barriers to innovation in Life Sciences Research and Development, is developing a freely accessible toolkit to help companies implement the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Guiding Principles for data management and stewardship (https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2016.18). As the life sciences industry continues to transform digitally, the sector needs clear and practical guidance on how data and relevant metadata are captured and managed to foster greater collaboration and more effective partnerships. The FAIR Guiding Principles help to meet this need, but many companies are struggling to implement the guidelines as discussed recently by Wise and co-authors (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drudis.2019.01.008). This need is being addressed by development of the FAIR Toolkit which consists of selected tools, best practices, training materials, use cases, and methodology for change management, and which is being assembled together on a user-friendly and freely accessible web site. It will help organizations to undertake their digital transformation and to underpin numerous Pistoia projects (https://www.pistoiaalliance.org/projects) including the Lab of the Future (LoTF) and application of AI and machine learning.

 

Actionable Takeaway #1
Understand how clear and practical guidance on capturing and managing FAIR data and metadata can help the life sciences industry transform digitally.

 

Actionable Takeaway #2
Find a freely accessible FAIR Toolkit for Life Science industry comprising selected tools, best practices, training materials, use cases, and methodology for change management, assembled together on a user-friendly and freely accessible web site.

 

Actionable Takeaway #3
Leverage the FAIR Toolkit to foster greater collaboration and more effective partnerships to accelerate the Laboratory of the Future and the application of AI and machine learning.