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

How to create a good research data management plan – Webinar on 23 June

On Thursday 23 June, DTL and Elsevier will jointly organise the webinar ‘How to create a good research data management plan’. The webinar will address the following topics: What is a data management plan? When do you need a data management plan? Why is research data management important? What are the FAIR principles? Dr Rob Hooft, Technical coordinator of ELIXIR-NL, will answer these questions… Continue reading

Webinar: update on the ELIXIR-TraIT pilot

On 20 April, Sanne Abeln (ELIXIR-NL) and Dylan Spalding (EMBL-EBI) presented an update on the ELIXIR-TraIT pilot in a webinar. You can watch the webinar on the ELIXIR website. Launched in 2015, the ELIXIR – TraIT pilot involves genomic data management for translational and biomarker research using the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). “The pilot is mostly about connecting raw data, processed data and the… Continue reading

Submit an abstract for ELIXIR-NL track at BioSB 2016

ELIXIR Netherlands has decided to organise a technology/applications track at the BioSB 2016 conference (19 & 20 April). The track features four sessions covering both conference days. One session will be used to present the latest updates from ELIXIR-NL and ISBE, the other sessions are open for abstract submission. Topics may include technology as a service, AAI, data interoperability, (FAIR) data stewardship, and distributed learning. Please submit your abstract via the conference submission page and register for… Continue reading

Kick-off EXCELERATE training subtasks

On 19 – 21 January 2016, two ELIXIR-EXCELERATE training platform subtasks – Training the trainer and Ensuring impact and quality, officially kicked-off with a joint workshop. Hosted by ELIXIR-EBI at Hinxton, they brought together training representatives from 6 ELIXIR Nodes and from external organisations including BD2K, Data carpentry, Cold Spring Harbour and Intel. One major outcome of the workshop is the… Continue reading

ELIXIR partners with DTL and BioSB in organising ECCB2016

ELIXIR becomes the co-organising sponsor of the 15th European Conference on Computational Biology (ECCB), to take place on 3-7 September 2016 in The Hague. As part of the ECCB2016-ELIXIR partnership, the programme of the conference will feature a dedicated track to showcase ELIXIR activities and services. “We are delighted to have ELIXIR as a strong partner”, says Jaap Heringa, chair… Continue reading