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

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