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

Watch the ELIXIR video

In the European research infrastructure for life science data and bioinformatics (ELIXIR), Europe’s leading research organisations jointly develop methods to manage and safeguard the massive amounts of data generated by the life sciences. DTL hosts the Dutch node of ELIXIR (ELIXIR-NL). ELIXIR has now produced a video to explain its core business:  

Bring Your Own Rett Syndrome Data workshop: a summary

The ELIXIR-EXCELERATE project collaborates with the Maastricht Rett Expertise Centre to improve data availability for rare diseases like Rett Syndrome. On 1-3 November 2016, a three day Bring Your Own Rett Syndrome Data workshop was held at Maastricht University. The summary below was written by Friederike Ehrhart of Maastricht University. The workshop’s aim was to produce FAIR nanopublications. FAIR is an internationally adopted… Continue reading

Software solution provider BYOD

On 25-27 October 2016, we organised another ‘Bring Your Own Data workshop’ (BYOD) in Leiden, the Netherlands. This time, we focused on software that is used to collect information about patients and their diseases. The BYOD brought together software solution providers, linked data experts, and rare disease experts to work on making the software produce data that is findable, accessible, interoperable,… Continue reading

Status of ELIXIR following UK referendum on EU

DTL hosts the Dutch node of ELIXIR, which is the European research infrastructure for life science data and bioinformatics. As you will know, the UK last week voted to leave the EU. There will be NO direct implications of this decision on the operations of ELIXIR. In light of the decision by the UK to leave the European Union (EU), ELIXIR… Continue reading

Chris Evelo new co-leader of ELIXIR Interoperability platform

Chris Evelo (Maastricht University) is the new co-leader of the ELIXIR Interoperability Platform, replacing Barend Mons. Chris will be leading the Interoperability Platform together with Helen Parkinson (EMBL-EBI) and Carole Goble (ELIXIR-UK). The ELIXIR Interoperability Platform‘s objectives are to: define agreements on identifiers and machine processable (meta)data descriptions with data providers and knowledge bases; consolidate existing Interoperability Services to support: (i)… Continue reading

Aligning Software and Data Carpentry in the Netherlands

DTL/ELIXIR-NL and its partner the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) are currently aligning the existing Dutch Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC) initiatives. SWC and DC are world-renowned organisations that teach researchers the computing skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain. The Software Carpentry Foundation and its sister organisation Data Carpentry, are world-renowned for their efforts. They are teaching… Continue reading

DTL works on data stewardship support

Data stewardship, the long-term and sustainable care for research data, is a hot topic. Funders and research institutes increasingly demand adequate data stewardship plans. But researchers are struggling with the demands. DTL Data Programme Manager Rob Hooft: “Data stewardship has become an essential part of contemporary research, but it is also becoming one of the biggest challenges. The development of proper practices for data… Continue reading