Category: Conferences

InfoLab showcases results of the DataPublication@UPorto Data Pilot and Extension

FEUP Infolab is attending the “Putting the EOSC vision into practice” conference at the beautiful city of Porto, which is also our home!

At the conference we have presented two Demos (LabTablet integration with B2DROP and Interactive showcase of Dendro) and a Poster (Domain-specific metadata records in B2Share records).

These works report on the results of the DataPublication@UPorto Data Pilot and its extension, carried out by INESC TEC for EUDAT. Focusing on gathering data from its creation, we use Android devices to gather data and metadata, via the LabTablet application, available on the Play Store and on GitHub.


After the data is gathered, it is synchronised to Dendro, a user-friendly, Dropbox-like file storage and description solution for research data. It is fully built on ontologies for semantic metadata and now supports data synchronisation to the B2DROP service to mirror the file and folder structure of files in Dendro. Dendro can be tested here and its source code is available on GitHub.

After researchers are ready to publish their data as a new dataset, they can export the data to B2SHARE, EUDAT’s solution for the long term sharing of research data.

This work is tightly integrated with the Research Data Management workflows currently being implemented at INESC TEC and the University of Porto as part of the TAIL Project.

InfoLab posters at the RDA 9th Plenary at Barcelona

Check out our posters on DataPublication@UPorto and also on Dendro, a “Dropbox + Semantic Wiki”-like solution for researchers to describe their data as they create it.

thumbnail of RDA Poster TAIL

With Dendro, you can upload files and describe them easily and reducing duplicated efforts. Afterwards, you can package those files and send them to a repository, say EUDAT’s B2Share, CKAN, Zenodo, DSpace, FigShare… Dendro takes care of the submission. And can be easily installed in your own laptop or server in a few easy steps. A Demo Instance is also available here.

thumbnail of RDA Poster Dendro

We also highlight LabTablet, our very own Android electronic laboratory notebook that can use onboard sensors of your mobile phone to assist you in describing your datasets automatically. It even supports voice recognition.

All our code is free and open-source here. Drop us a message if you want to collaborate, we are a group of researchers passionate about research data sharing and we love to build stuff as well.

InfoLab is at the EUDAT Semantic Working Group Workshop, in Barcelona

EUDAT Semantic Working Group Workshop 2017 Barcelona


Our research group is present at the EUDAT Semantic Working Group Workshop, 9th RDA Plenary, which is taking place in Barcelona 3-4 April 2017. Our presentation about Dendro, our research data description platform, and its integration in the research workflow, is here (CLICK to download):


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In the first session, we also had presentations about:

  • BioPortal, a portal for the discovery and description of biomedical ontologies
  • The EBI OLS Ontology Lookup Service which is “a repository for biomedical ontologies that aims to provide a single point of access to the latest ontology versions”
  • The Linked Open Vocabularies platform, a platform for sharing ontologies online which includes all their past versions
  • BioSharing, a “curated, informative and educational resource on inter-related data standards, databases, and policies in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences”.
  • AgroPortal, an ontology deposit, discovery and description portal for agronomic ontologies.

In the second session, we had:

  • Europeana, who presented entity discovery capabilities. This provides better search, allowing semantic auto-completion of entities for example.
  • DTL‘s FAIRifier and other open-source tools for making data more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reproducible). FAIRifier transforms data into RDF, FAIR Data Point holds it after it is transformed so that it can be found, ORKA allows it to be described, and the FAIR Search Engine allows users to retrieve the annotated datasets. Currently, these solutions support OAI-PMH through B2FIND,, and FAIR Data Point.
  • DataONE presented its approach based on EML, which allows for the annotation of the headers of a table to convey their exact meaning, for example. An ontology-based drill-down of search was particularly interesting. When querying for ‘tree’, the interface would allow the user to refine results by tree-related properties.
  • Lifewatch, who presented its infrastructure for registering, annotating and publishing biodiversity records, in the context of the ENVRI Plus project.


Photo credits: @EUDAT

The 7th ConfOA (Luso-Brazillian conference on Open Access)



The FEUP Infolab RDM group was present at the 7th Portuguese and Brazillian Open Access Conference, at Viseu, Portugal. This conference covered some of the latest developments in repositories and libraries from these two countries.

The adequate management of both research publications and datasets was a strong topic, and the FEUP Infolab RDM group was present with 6 contributions:

Modelos de Metadados para a Gestão de Dados de Investigação – Abordagens de Desenvolvimento de Acordo com a Dimensão do Projeto Científico
João Aguiar Castro, Cristina Ribeiro

Modelos de Metadados para a Gestão de Dados de Investigação – Abordagens de Desenvolvimento de Acordo com a Dimensão do Projeto Científico
João Aguiar Castro, Cristina Ribeiro

TAIL—Gestão de dados de investigação da produção ao depósito e à partilha
Cristina Ribeiro, João Rocha da Silva, João Aguiar Castro, Ricardo Carvalho Amorim, João Correia Lopes (Presentation available in Portuguese)

Construção de um Repositório de Dados Oceanográficos
Ricardo Amorim, João Castro, Inês Garganta, Artur Rocha, Gabriel David (Presentation available in Portuguese)

Social Dendro – Aplicação de Conceitos de Redes Sociais à Gestão de Dados de Investigação
João Rocha Silva, Nélson Pereira (Presentation available in Portuguese)

Vocabulários Controlados na Descrição de Dados de Investigação no DENDRO
Yulia Karimova (Presentation available in Portuguese)









Beyond EUDAT2020


We are at the beautiful city of Krakow to attend the Beyond EUDAT2020 event. Some very interesting topics are being discussed.

Next steps for long-term support of the EUDAT solutions

It was pointed out that the user agreements for solutions such as Figshare, Dryad or ResearchGate reserve the right to discontinue their service at any time they deem necessary. This poses obvious concerns for researchers who opt to use these platforms for long-term deposit of their data and/or publications.

Handling sensitive data in research contexts and from a data provider point of view

What are the authentication, encryption and access level mechanisms that must be in place when a data infrastructure is designed to handle sensitive data. This kind of data includes not only the obvious examples such as people’s clinical data but also endangered species sightings, for example. After all, poachers also have access to the Internet and to public data repositories.


The next steps for our DataPublication@UPorto data pilot: We have decided to migrate our Dendro platform‘s deposit workflow to the upcoming B2Share API V2. Further developments on better metadata sharing with the EUDAT infrastructure are also planned.