S4: OpenRiskNet

The OpenRiskNet Project

S4: OpenRiskNet, OpenTox Euro 2017

Thomas Exner


Douglas Connect




OpenRiskNet (https://openrisknet.org/) is an EU funded infrastructure project with the main objective to develop an open e-infrastructure providing resources and services to a variety of industries requiring risk assessment, including chemicals, cosmetic ingredients, drugs and nanomaterials. OpenRiskNet will work with a network of partners, organized within an Associated Partners Programme. OpenRiskNet combines the achievements from earlier projects for generating modelling and validation workflows, knowledge integration and data management as well as including ongoing projects and important stakeholders through an associated partner programme.

The OpenRiskNet approach is to work on different case studies to test and evaluate requirements to overcome the fragmentation of data and tools and to provide solutions improving the harmonization of data, usability and interoperability of application programming interfaces (APIs) and the deployment into virtual infrastructure. The cases present real-world settings such as systems biology approaches for grouping compounds, read-across applications using chemical and biological similarity, and identifying areas of concern based only on alternative methods approaches.

The main components of the infrastructure will be an interoperability layer added to every service to describe the functionality and guaranteeing technical and semantic interoperability, a discovery service, deployment options based on container technology, and packaging of the infrastructure into virtual instances. This will be complemented by training and support on integration of specific services based on prototype implementation, usage of standard file formats for data sharing including the generation of templates for data and metadata, as well as the harmonized usage of ontologies.