Looking back on the first ELIXIR Galaxy Developer Workshop

Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical research. On 16-19 January 2017, the first European Galaxy Developer Workshop took place in Strasbourg. ELIXIR-NL and the Dutch Galaxy Working Group were actively involved in the workshop’s organisation. Galaxy Training, in both the Dutch and European context, is one of the key focus areas of DTL’s training and education activities. The objectives for the workshop… Continue reading

On data challenges in agricultural science

Dr Ernst van den Ende and Dr Richard Finkers of Wageningen UR are on top of the recent developments in the field of agricultural science. “Growing enough food sustainably for the expanding world population presents a formidable challenge. We will need sophisticated data handling techniques to face this challenge,” says Van den Ende. Van den Ende is the Director of… Continue reading

BioSchemas supports the discovery of public datasets

Guidelines recently published by Google for the discovery of science datasets help data providers to describe their datasets in a structured way using schema.org, enabling internet search engines to find and index rich metadata to better present scientific datasets. The published guidelines draw on the metadata specifications for life science datasets developed by BioSchemas. BioSchemas is an open community initiative driven… Continue reading

9 February: ELIXIR Belgium launch

The ELIXIR Belgium Launch on 9 February 2017 will demonstrate the role of the Belgian ELIXIR node and will showcase the potential of an infrastructure like ELIXIR. In addition, experts in data handling will introduce the FAIR data principles and illustrate data management on the basis of use cases. Speakers include Niklas Blomberg (Director of ELIXIR Europe), Frederik Coppens (ELIXIR Belgium), Richard Finkers… Continue reading

Education & Training activities at the NETTAB2016 conference: a short report

On 25 and 26 October 2016, the NETTAB2016 conference was organised in Rome, co-organised with the COST Action CHARME and with EMBnet. The theme was ‘Reproducibility, Standards and SOP in Bioinformatics. The conference also brought together people from all over Europe who are involved in training and the organisation of training. Hence, a GOBLET/ELIXIR-Italy Train the Trainer workshop took place and… Continue reading

ELIXIR and GA4GH Beacon team up to advance genomic data sharing

Today, the Beacon Project of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for life-science data, announced an expansion of their partnership to develop the Beacon project that will improve the discoverability of European genomic data. “The expanded partnership will bolster the existing network by dedicating unprecedented resources to drive Beacon development, increasing both the… Continue reading

ELIXIR-NL will coordinate data approaches of Dutch life sciences facilities

On 13 December 2016, NWO officially presented its ‘Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure’. The Roadmap contains 33 research facilities and clusters that are eligible for NWO funding in the next four years. One of these 33 is ELIXIR-NL. “We have been asked to coordinate the data approach of the life science facilities,” says Jaap Heringa, Head of ELIXIR’s Dutch node.… Continue reading

GOBLET: a global network of bioinformatics trainers and trainees

GOBLET is the ‘Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training’. Dr Celia van Gelder was recently elected as a member of the GOBLET Executive Board. She explains what GOBLET is about. What is GOBLET’s aim? “GOBLET was established in 2012 by an international group of societies and networks to offer an umbrella for bioinformatics, biocuration, biocomputing and computational biology learning, education,… Continue reading

Hans van Duijn’s view on the NWO Roadmap

On 13 December 2016, NWO officially presented its ‘Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure’. The Roadmap contains 33 research facilities and clusters that will be given a top priority in Dutch science in the next four years. A total of 160 million euros is available to be distributed among the facilities. Professor Hans van Duijn is the Chair of the Permanent Committee that selected… Continue reading

NWO announces priority research facilities and clusters

This afternoon, NWO announced which research facilities and clusters will be given a top priority in Dutch science in the next four years. Sander Dekker (the Dutch Secretary of Education, Culture and Science) officially received the ‘Roadmap for Large-Scale Scientific Infrastructure’ with 33 selected facilities and clusters during a presentation in The Hague. The 33 facilities and clusters are eligible for funding by NWO. Eighty million… Continue reading
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