On the third day of the visit, a public seminar was held in which our eagle-i representatives gave two talks: The Harvard Catalyst Approach to Developing an Open Source Information Sharing Platform, and The eagle-i Project and Technical Implementation and Architecture of Harvard Catalyst’s eagle-i Information Sharing Platform. Glyn Stacey, director of the UK Stem Cell Bank, also spoke on the Role of the UK Stem Cell Bank in the UK and European Stem Cell Research Networks.
Additionally, Richard and Sophia met with two representatives from the RIKEN biorespository. RIKEN presented their work organizing existing stem cell line data into a semantic data structure, similar to that employed by eagle-i. They were excited to learn about the eagle-i project and urged the SKiP leadership to utilize the eagle-i architecture to organize their data to make it more easily accessible for world-wide consumption. While the agenda for the short visit was quite full, our hosts at Keio University made sure to carve out some time for Richard and Sophia to see some of Tokyo, as well.
Overall, the trip was successful in deepening the understanding of the SKiP project and validating the need for a collaboration with eagle-i, with support from RIKEN. This collaboration could more effectively make researchers around the world aware of cell lines available to support their research. The eagle-i team is so thankful for the invitation to visit Japan and for the kindness and hospitality of our colleagues at Keio University.