This is an outline of plans the core FAIRDOM-SEEK development team will be working on in the near future.

It is an overview of the main priorities, and milestones. FAIRDOM-SEEK is developed following an Agile development process, meaning some of the features and timing may change - however, these items are very high in our priorities.

They are expected to be added to FAIRDOM-SEEK in roughly the order they are presented here.

Feature Milestone date
Search configuration improvements, with UI improvements for Search filtering Q3 2022
Extended integration with the Norwegian e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences (NeLS) system Q3 2022
UI for creating Custom Metadata Extensions Q3 2022
Describing Observed Variables within MIAPPE Q3 2022
Enhancements to Sample support Q4 2022
Backend storage changes with better versioning support Q4 2022
Better support for GitHub Q4 2022
Support for Datasets containing multiple files organised into folders Q4 2022
API support for creating new versions Q4 2022
Project folders, to help organise files outside of the ISA structure 2022
ISA improvements, with a single page for creating and managing them 2022
Deposition to repositories, such as ENA 2022
Integration with UNLOCK 2022
Integration with other file storage systems, e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, Nextcloud 2022
License improvements, using SPDX 2022
Better and easier definition of institutions, integrating the Research Organization Registry (ROR) 2022

Please also see the Workflow Hub Roadmap, which is being built on and in conjunction with FAIRDOM-SEEK.


These are completed Roadmap features, and includes the version of SEEK the feature was included in.

You can find more details about each release in our Change Logs

Feature SEEK version
Collections - grouping assets together under a topic or theme 1.12.0
A new customizable front page 1.12.0
Improvements to defining authors and creators, and their order 1.12.0
Explicit ordering of items within ISA 1.12.0
Sample and Sample Type API 1.11.2
Generic Custom Metadata fields 1.11.0
Extended Studies with extended metadata, supporting MIAPPE 1.11.0
Ontology based metadata attributes, for samples and custom metadata 1.11.0
Smoother process for creating and joining Projects, for admins to handle the request 1.11.0
Markdown formatting for descriptions 1.11.0
Exploring CSV & TSV (as if Excel) 1.11.0
Bulk Changing Sharing Permissions 1.11.0
Metadata search and querying 1.10.0 support 1.9.1
Rails 5.2 upgrade 1.9
Project dashboard, showing details and graphs for projects 1.8
Further integration with openBIS, with improved metadata mappings 1.8
Programme wide sharing permissions 1.7
ISA graph improvements 1.7
JSON Write API (Application Programming Interface) 1.6
Improved JERM templates and auto-extraction 1.6
JSON Read API (Application Programming Interface) 1.5
JERM 2 Ontology and RDF updates 1.5
Rails 4 upgrade 1.4
Integration with openBIS 1.3
Improved Samples/Treatments/SOP handling 1.2
Docker and Docker Compose support 1.2
Licensing of Assets 1.1
Research Object Snapshots of Assays and Studies 1.1
Self management of projects and programmes 1.0
Self management of organisms 1.0
Improved registration workflow 1.0
Support for Research Objects 1.0
DOI’s for Investigation snapshots for citation 1.0
New user-interface based on Bootstrap 0.23