Maastricht University organizes a BYOD (Bring our Own Data) on WikiPathways, nanopublications and the Rett Syndrome. The BYOD is part of the rare disease use case of ELIXIR-EXCELERATE, and supported by ELIXIR-NL.
The Rett Syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disease affecting one in 30000 people (mainly girls). To study the Rett Syndrome, Maastricht University combines experimental research and bioinformatics. In this research, nanopublications have a lot to offer to WikiPathways, which contains many statements backed by literature (~12500 PubMed articles). The goal of this BYOD is to expose these statements as FAIR nanopublications with source, so that they can be linked to other data sets. In the future, external nanopublications could be used as citeable information sources to increase the amount of available sources in WikiPathways. This is particularly relevant for the Rett Syndrome and other rare diseases, where little data is available and data integration makes a big difference.