Database Working Group (WG4)

Chair: Nina Jeliazkova, IdeaConsult Ltd. (eNanoMapper, NanoReg2, ORCID:0000-0002-4322-6179)

Contact information: The chairs and everyone participating (a selection of participants opted in to be listed) in this group can be contacted via the monthly teleconference calls and the mailing list. Please register your interest to participate by joining the mailing list; the archives can be found here.

WG aims and objectives

The working group has as aim to act as a communication platform to discuss anything around databases and ontologies in the context of work performed in the NanoSafety Cluster. A key objective is to keep everyone up to date with current activities. On top of that, workgroup participants collaborate on projects around mutual benefit. The list of projects changes over time and an overview is given here. A wish list is kept for possibly future projects.

Recent activities

  • An overview of recent telcons (most with minutes) is listed below
  • Publication: Axel P. Mustad, Bart Smeets, Nina Jeliazkova, Vedrin Jeliazkov, Egon Willighagen. Summary of the Spring 2014 NSC Database Survey, figshare, 2014 10.6084/m9.figshare.1195888

Upcoming activities

  • The next telcon is listed below
  • Active projects are listed here
  • See the email archives for more activities from WG participants


The Databases WG of the EU Nanosafety Cluster is tasked with agreeing on data interoperability and a common language (one or more ontologies) for European databases for project results and data, that will ensure longevity of data (beyond individual project lifetimes) and enable wide uptake and accessibility of the data to modellers, risk assessors and other researchers, as well as being able to communicate with other international databases.

The first step towards this is an assessment of the current state-of-the-art in available databases and nano-etymology, to ensure that we are not reinventing the wheel, but that our decisions are informed, and our final product meets the needs of the entire research community.

This working group is in contact the US-EU Communities of Research (which now has weekly meetings on Wednesdays) and the US Nano WG (also has weekly meetings).

Monthly Teleconferences

Monthly teleconferences are (normally) organized on the second Tuesday of the month, at 3pm CEST (or 3pm CET). The below schedule shows the next telcon date as well as minutes from past meetings.

Minutes and Telcon Transcripts