Making Bioinformatics Training Events and Material More Discoverable Using TeSS, the ELIXIR Training Portal

Finn Bacall, Aitor Apaolaza, Munazah Andrabi, Chris Child, Carole Goble, Olivier Sand, Alexander Botzki

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Many trainers and organizations are passionate about sharing their training material. Sharing training material has several benefits, such as providing a record of recognition as an author, offering inspiration to other trainers, enabling researchers to discover training resources for their personal learning path, and improving the training resource landscape using data-driven gap analysis from the bioinformatics community.

In this article, we present a series of protocols for using the ELIXIR online training registry Training eSupport System (TeSS). TeSS provides a one-stop shop for trainers and trainees to discover online information and content, including training materials, events, and interactive tutorials.

For trainees, we provide protocols for registering and logging in and for searching and filtering content. For trainers and organizations, we also show how to manually or automatically register training events and materials. Following these protocols will contribute to promoting training events and add to a growing catalog of materials. This will concomitantly increase the FAIRness of training materials and events.

Training registries like TeSS use a scraping mechanism to aggregate training resources from many providers when they have been annotated using Bioschemas specifications. Finally, we describe how to enrich training resources to allow for more efficient sharing of the structured metadata, such as prerequisites, target audience, and learning outcomes using Bioschemas specification. As increasing training events and material are aggregated in TeSS, searching the registry for specific events and materials becomes crucial.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere682
JournalCurrent Protocols
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2023


  • Bioschemas annotation
  • TeSS
  • bioinformatics training
  • training catalog
  • training event
  • training material


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