FAIR in (Biological) Practice

University of Edinburgh


14 - 17 June 2022

13:00 - 17:00

Instructors: Elvina Gountouna

Helpers: Lucie Woellenstein, Ines Böhm


FAIR in (Biological) Practice

Open Science is disruptive. It will change how we do reasearch and how society benefits from it. Making data re-usable is key to this, and FAIR principles are a way to achieve it.

We will teach you how planning and using the correct set of tools you can make your outputs ready for public sharing and reuse.

This hands-on 4 half-day sessions workshop covers the basics of Open Science and FAIR practices, and looks at how to use these ideas in your own projects. The workshop is a mix of lectures and hands-on lessons where you will use the approaches learned and implement some of the discussed practices.

The course is aimed at active researchers in biomedicine science (PhD students, postdocs, technicians, young PIs etc.) who are interested in Open Science, FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles and efficient data management. This training is aimed at those who want to be familiar with these concepts and apply them throughout their project’s life cycle. The course is covered in four half days.


Ed-DaSH is a Data Science training programme for Health and Biosciences. The team has developed workshops using The Carpentries platform on the following topics. See workshops for dates and registration details. All workshops will be delivered remotely.

General Information

Registration: Online
The course is free but there is a 50 pounds holding deposit refunded after attending the workshop.

Where: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: 14 - 17 June 2022. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must have access to a computer with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.).
Paticipaints must create accounts in Protocols.io and Benchling,

Accessibility: We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

Contact: Please email bio_rdm@ed.ac.uk for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.

Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


Please be sure to complete the workshop survey (can be completed before you attend).

Ed-DaSH Survey


The lesson taught in this workshop is being piloted and a precise schedule is yet to be established.

Day 1: 14th June 2022 (13:00 - 17:00)

Pre-workshop Setup
FAIR in (Biological) Practice Introduction to Open Science
Being FAIR
IP and Opennes
Introduction to metadata
Afternoon Between episodes

Day 2: 15th June 2022 (13:00 - 17:00)

FAIR in (Biological) Practice Being precise
(Meta)data in Excel
Laboratory records
Working with files
Afternoon Between episodes

Day 3: 16th June 2022 (13:00 - 17:00)

FAIR in (Biological) Practice Re-usable computing
Version control
Templates for consistency
Afternoon Between episodes

Day 4: 17th June 2022 (13:00 - 17:00)

FAIR in (Biological) Practice Public repositories
It's all about planning
Putting it all together
Afternoon Between episodes


To participate in a workshop, you will need access to software as described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.

Install the videoconferencing client

If you haven't used Zoom before, go to the official website to download and install the Zoom client for your computer.

Set up your workspace

Like other Carpentries workshops, you will be learning by "coding along" with the Instructors. To do this, you will need to have both the window for the tool you will be learning about (a terminal, RStudio, your web browser, etc..) and the window for the Zoom video conference client open. In order to see both at once, we recommend using one of the following set up options:

This blog post includes detailed information on how to set up your screen to follow along during the workshop.