NTB-W06 – Tools and techniques to make sensitive data discoverable-2

Workshop details
  • Date: Thu, 15 September 2022
  • Time: 13:30 – 16:30
  • Format: Face-to-face
  • Room: Undetermined
  • Sponsored by: Undetermined

Tools and techniques to make sensitive data discoverable (Use-cases, hands-on session of Beacon implementation)


Babita Singh
Lauren Fromont


Sensitive data bioinformatics


One of the main bottlenecks in human genomics research is the lack of secure and federated discovery of identifiable genomics data that requires tight privacy controls. This problem needs even more attention with the expansion of genomics data in clinical application, such as for medical diagnostic or prognostic purposes in rare diseases or cancer. This workshop aims to provide knowledge and hands-on sessions about the discoverability of sensitive genomics and clinical data without jeopardizing the privacy or ownership of such datasets. European Genome-phenome Archive along with ELIXIR and GA4GH has been involved to develop tools and techniques to tackle this challenge. Beacon recently became an approved GA4GH standard for data sharing. Now, anyone handling sensitive human dataset can choose to ‘Beaconize’ their dataset and add it to Beacon network to make their data discoverable.

Target Audience:
  • Researchers or clinicians working with human genomics dataset (mutations, variants, CNVs etc).
  • Researchers or clinicians working with molecular dataset of the patients, diagnostics markers, treatments etc.
  • Private entities hosting identifiable human data such as data biobanks, genome sequencing data providers, eg. 23andMe, research institutions or hospitals