ELIXIR-EXCELERATE funded by Horizon 2020

ELIXIR, the European bioinformatics research infrastructure, announces in today’s press release that it has been awarded €19 million from the EU. Over the next four years the implementation of Europe’s life-science data infrastructure will be accelerated. Starting September 2015, ‘ELIXIR-EXCELERATE’ will facilitate the integration of Europe’s bioinformatics resources, supporting all sectors of life-science R&D. It will deliver excellence to ELIXIR’s users by fast-tracking the… Continue reading

BYOD on rare disease registries and biobanks

On 26-27 November 2014, 40 rare disease and data integration experts took part in a ‘Bring Your Own Data’ workshop on rare disease registries and biobanks. Held in Rome, the event was organised by DTL, part-sponsored by ELIXIR and organised in conjunction with the EU-funded RD-CONNECT project. The aim was to better link the data from rare disease registries and biobanks… Continue reading

ELIXIR/DTL hackathon on FAIR Profiles & Data

From March 31st to April 2nd, DTL and Elixir organised a hackathon in Hinxton, UK, at the Elixir facilities. The hackathon had two parts, one dedicated to work on the development of FAIR Profiles and the other to discuss the commonalities between FAIR Data and Beacons. FAIR Profiles is a technology developed by the tech team of the FAIR Data… Continue reading

Seven national biobank registries meet to exchange approaches, standards and quality aspects

On 18-19 February 2015 representatives of national biobank registries from seven European countries met in Berlin. In each of the countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany) biobank registries have evolved quite differently, therefore the aim of the meeting was to mutually learn from the different approaches and to discuss aspects of standardisation and quality. Morris Swertz and… Continue reading

First Bring Your Own Template (BYOT) meeting

The first Bring Your Own Template (BYOT) meeting, organised by DTL/ELIXIR-NL, BioMedBridges, the FAIRport initiative, BBMRI-NL, CTMM/TraIT, focussed on preparation for sharing and integration of data structures used for data capture, also known as ‘data templates’. This was motivated by a range of related activities in the space of ‘experimental data mapping and pooling’, in particular EU-BioMedBridges model registry, EU-BioSHaRE/DataSHaPER… Continue reading

All parties have signed: the ODEX4all project gets off to a flying start

Ten private partners and six academic partners recently signed the project agreement for ODEX4all: the open discovery and exchange of (big) data in the life sciences project. Odex4all is co-funded by the Dutch research council (NWO) and the Netherlands eScience Center. The project will contribute to the interoperability theme of DTL Data and is closely linked to the FAIRPORT initiative, by ensuring that all data… Continue reading

Human Protein Atlas published in Science

In a paper published today in Science, a global consortium led by Mathias Uhlén (Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology) presents the latest edition of the Human Protein Atlas (HPA). The resource now contains data on roughly 17,000 proteins in 44 human tissues and organs, including over 13 million immunohistochemistry images annotated by pathologists. HPA includes RDF data in this release, a significant move towards FAIR Data. The initial steps of “FAIRification”… Continue reading

TNO leads European nutritional data sharing project ENPADASI

DTL’s partner TNO is coordinator of the European Nutritional Phenotype Assessment and Data Sharing Initiative (ENPADASI), a project that officially started its work programme in December 2014. The main objective of ENPADASI is to deliver an open access research infrastructure (DaShiN) that will open data of most European nutritional studies. The data will adhere to the FAIR data concept that… Continue reading