ELIXIR announces initial list of Core Data Resources and Deposition Databases

On 25 July 2017, ELIXIR has published the initial list of ELIXIR Core Data Resources. These are data resources of fundamental importance to the life science community and the long-term preservation of biological data. The ELIXIR Core Data Resources serve as a mark of the highest quality in infrastructure service provision and will drive ELIXIR’s discussions with funders and policy-makers… Continue reading

Nature Genetics editorial: Data models to GO FAIR

On 28 June 2017, the scientific journal Nature Genetics published an editorial calling for submissions containing linked open data models that embody and extend the FAIR principles: “This journal and Scientific Data are calling for submissions containing linked open data models that embody and extend the FAIR principles: that data should be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable by both humans and machines.… Continue reading

Groningen Techcentre for Life Sciences: towards the first local DTL

DTL is a network of Dutch life sciences professionals that jointly develop an interconnected research infrastructure. Our focus is on FAIR data treatment, accessible high-end technologies, and expert training: Data, Technologies, and Learning. People at Groningen University and UMCG are now establishing a local version of the national DTL network. Dr Morris Swertz, Dr Salome Scholtens, and Dr Marina de… Continue reading

Nature editorial: Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift

On 20 June 2017, the scientific journal Nature published an editorial about the European Open Science Cloud. The editorial also mentions the GO FAIR initiative: “Currently, the commission’s dream is so big and shapeless that many involved can’t see a path to achieving it. German and Dutch ministers warned last month that it risked getting bogged down in detail and… Continue reading

RIVM publishes report on personalised medicine

Personalised treatments are strongly emerging in the medical world, as it is becoming increasingly clear that many factors together determine whether someone is responding well to a medicinal product. However, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has recently published a study that shows that it is still difficult to translate scientific knowledge into medical practice. Read the… Continue reading

Looking back on the 5th National DNA Lab Day

The 5th edition of the National DNA Lab Day for Dutch high school teachers took place on 7 April 2017. The event attracted 150 participants.  The DNA lab day was organised by the ‘Reizende DNAlabs’ (DNA labs on the road). These are mobile practicals that educate high school students about DNA, genes, genomics, and the latest research techniques. The project has been… Continue reading

ZCube Open Accelerator: call for ideas for life sciences startups

Milan, 16th June, 2017 – ZCube, Research Venture of the pharmaceutical group Zambon, launches the second edition of Open Accelerator, a fast track acceleration program for life science start-up projects. Open Accelerator is a 12-steps program providing training to international researchers, scientists and aspiring entrepreneurs that, following a selection process, could receive seed investment of up to €100.000 per project.… Continue reading

Spinoza Prizes for Albert Heck and Alexander van Oudenaarden

Albert Heck and Alexander van Oudenaarden of Utrecht University have both received a Spinoza Prize from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This is the highest academic award in the Netherlands. Heck and Van Oudenaarden are both seen as pioneers in biomolecular research. Each scientist will receive €2.5 million. They are free to choose the research they wish to… Continue reading

Overview research data management in the Netherlands

DTL partner DANS has published an overview of the current state of affairs of research data management in the Netherlands. The overview is the English translation of a chapter on research data management in ‘Handboek Informatiewetenschap‘ that was written by Marnix van Berchum (Huygens ING) and Marjan Grootveld (DANS). The text looks at national developments in higher education and science, using the various… Continue reading

Missed Ordina’s healthcare data event?

On 31 May 2017, DTL partner Ordina organised a healthcare data event. The event focused on questions such as ‘How can I get more value from my data?’ and ‘What are the recent developments in the field of data use and how can the healthcare sector exploit these?’ Speakers included Albert Mons (DTL), Wouter Franke (Zorginstituut Nederland), Indra Henneman (MedMij), and… Continue reading