The Federated Platform is a part of a broader BBMRI-ERIC IT ecosystem, which was set up to be vendor-neutral and must allows different solutions to coexist based on standards for interoperability. This is particularly important for more advanced services such as the federated search or data analysis platform, where we see potential for different competing solutions to be developed and used. The Platform shall support datafication of BBMRI-ERIC biobanks and the Research Infrastructure (RI) as a whole and support our participation in activities such as implementation of the Mission Cancer and European Health Data Space.
The Federated Platform enables member country state's national strategies and thus support a hierarchical model in federated searches and federated data analyses. It shall enable biomedical research services provisioning at all hierarchical levels i.e. by biobanks, national coordinators and BBMRI-ERIC.
The Federated Platform Strategy was given by BBMRI-ERIC Common Service IT leads in advance of a tender calling for the federated search platform provision. More details can be found in this document: Federated Platform Strategy-v1.1
The Federated Platform is supposed to be a sustainable community driven effort currently heading to its wider deployment and maintainance. BBMRI-ERIC Common Service IT supports the integration of the Federated Platform into the IT ecosystem of BBMRI-ERIC, namely by providing integration with Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) and Negotiator.
The BBMRI Federated Search Task Force organised already several informative and technical sessions for the BBMRI-ERIC national nodes and biobanks to increase the knowledge about Federated Platformtools and local components maintainance. This is performed as a so called "train the trainers" system which makes this whole initiative sustainable.
The biobanks do not have to pay anything for the usage of the local component software but need to cover the costs for the technical realisation and data management by themselves.