HITS researcher Ulrike Wittig will be a new lead in the data platfom of the European life science organization ELIXIR. She will contribute to building an infrastructure for scientists to find and share data, exchange expertise, and agree on best practices.
ELIXIR, an intergovernmental organization that brings together life science resources from across Europe, has named new leading persons for several platforms. Among them is HITS researcher Ulrike Wittig from the Scientific Database and Visualization (SDBV) group, who will serve a two-year term in the data platform, starting from 1 January 2022.
ELIXIR´s resources include databases, software tools, training materials, cloud storage and supercomputers. The goal is to coordinate these resources so that they form a common infrastructure. This infrastructure makes it easier for scientists to find and share data, exchange expertise, and agree on best practices. Ultimately, it will help them gain new insights into how living organisms work.
Each of ELIXIR’s five platforms (Data, Tools, Compute, Interoperability and Training) has a platform coordinator based at the ELIXIR hub, and three platform leads, also known as ExCos, who are based at ELIXIR nodes. These people are collectively responsible for the operations and activities of their respective platforms, and help to drive new developments in these areas.
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.