Core Facilities and Big Data

Main areas of interest and priorities of the Focus Group

1. Benchmarking: to suggest best practices in the following:

  • Evaluation of Core Facilities (internal, external);
  • Quality assurance;
  • Structured self-assessment; and
  • Reporting of CF performance.

2. Best practice sharing: 

  • Share our experiences and identify and analyze present practices of operating Core Facilities (CF) at our institutions;
  • Develop and suggest implementation of best practice at our institutions;
  • Create a document containing suggestions for best operation of CF to be distribute to interested research institutions and government bodies; and
  • Use CF for training and education among our institutions.

3. Financial sustainability: to analyze current practice and suggest the best models for the following:

  • Public aid;
  • Financial support;
  • Level of support from local government/institution;
  • Service contracts;
  • Sustainability of core facilities; and
  • Ways of getting funds.

4. Access rules and fees (open access): to discuss and identify the optimal approach for the following:

  • Price calculation;
  • Open access; and
  • Definition of access rules to CF.

5. Database of equipment: to exchange information of the following:

  • Existing instrumentation; and
  • Share plans for future purchases (possible cooperation in tendering – approval from Strategy Board necessary).

6. Big data: to analyze the following:

  • Data Management Plan (including Metadata schemas); and
  • Big Data experience (sharing – training).

Focus Group Members

Focus Group Chair: 

Kateřina Vágnerová - Masaryk University - CEITEC; katerina.vagnerova@ceitec.muni.cz

Focus Group Co-chair: 

Michal Janota - St. Anne's University Hospital Brno/ ICRC; michal.janota@fnusa.cz

Members of the Focus Group: 

Juraj Kopáček - Biomedical Research Center SAS; juraj.kopacek@savba.sk

Kamila KočíSt. Anne's University Hospital Brno/ ICRC; kamila.koci@fnusa.cz

Zofia Pawłowska - Medical University of Lodz; zofia.pawlowska@umed.lodz.pl

Filip Sedlić - School of Medicine - University of Zagreb; filip.sedlic@mef.hr

Aleksas Pikturna - Vilnius University - Faculty of Medicine; aleksas.pikturna@cr.vu.lt

Vida Lapinskaitė - Vilnius University - Faculty of Medicine; vida.lapinskaite@cr.vu.lt

Osvalds Pugovičs - Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis; Osvalds@osi.lv

Brane Leskošek - University of Ljubljana; brane.leskosek@mf.uni-lj.si

Zoltan Giricz - Semmelweis University; giricz.zoltan@med.semmelweis-univ.hu

Rokas Abraitis - Vilnius University; rokas.abraitis@gmc.vu.lt

Polocna Ferk - University of Ljubljana; polonca.ferk@mf.uni-lj.si