Increasing harmonisation and standardisation of data in nutrition research is an important next step to stimulate data sharing and open science. This was one of the main outcomes of the JPI HDHL workshop organised in February 2017 about data sharing and data stewardship. During the workshop, the role of the JPI HDHL, the needs and gaps of the field and the next steps that JPI HDHL could take were discussed.

A wide range of expertise was present at the workshop including representatives of Research Infrastructures and industry, next to scientists and stakeholders of the JPI HDHL advisory boards and funded actions. The following needs and gaps were identified:

  • Marketing and education to raise awareness
    Marketing and education could be essential to stimulate researchers to increase the usage and visibility of RI’s. It is also important to get more attention for this topic on a policy level.
  • Harmonization of data
    Harmonization of data is often difficult due to a lack standardization (for example in the used definitions and the used methods) and due to the quality of the available data.
  • Stimulate the use of ENPADASI (European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment Data Sharing Initiative, funded by JPI HDHL) and link ENPADASI with existing RI’s
    Strengthen and linking existing initiatives on national and international level will create support and awareness. Supporting the use and out role of products developed by ENPADASI and implementation and further development could be a starting point.

Concrete actions for the JPI HDHL that the participants came up with were in line with the described needs and gaps. Click here to read the full report including the concrete funding and no (or low) funding suggestions that the participants of the workshop forwarded.