Inspiring BIUP company visit

On 27 January 2017, the BioInformatics Industrial User Platform (BIUP) organised a company visit to Genetwister in Wageningen. More than 20 participants from almost as many different companies involved in bioinformatics shared ideas on cloud computing (Bluebee), DTL (Inge Schats), and bioinformatics for plant breeding (Genetwister). And of course, some time was reserved for networking. The BioInformatics Industrial User Platform (BIUP) is a DTL Interest Group consisting of… Continue reading

10 Simple Rules for Sharing Human Genomic Data

The Repositive team together with Springer Nature has recently formulated ten simple rules for sharing human genomic data. “These 10 Simple Rules have been developed from our combined experiences of working with human genomic data, data repositories and data users. We do not claim that these rules will eliminate every possible risk of data misuse. Rather, we hope that these… Continue reading

New statistical method improves reproducibility of omics research

On 27 January, an article was published in the scientific journal ‘Genome Biology’ describing a novel Bayesian method to detect and correct for bias and inflation in epigenome- and transcriptome-wide association studies. The method has the crucial characteristic that it is largely independent of the fraction of true associations in the data. It outperforms existing methods by taking advantage of… 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

Lorentz Center opens new Common Room

On 15 December 2016, the Lorentz Center in Leiden officially opened its renewed common room. The Lorentz Center is an international centre for scientific workshops, which has hosted several fruitful workshops in which DTL participated, including the 2014 ‘Jointly designing a data FAIRport’ workshop. So in a way, the cradle of the FAIR data principles stood in the Lorentz center. The… 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

Hands-on workshop on data management tools for translational research: a report

On 15 November 2016, TraIT, BBMRI-NL, and DTL co-organised a workshop about data management tools for translational research. The session was part of a Partnerships MeetUp, organised by Lygature. Workshop participants gained hands-on experience in biomedical translational data management, data sharing and associated infrastructures. BBMRI-NL, DTL and TraIT co-organised five busy and lively mini-workshops in collaboration with experts from their partners, notably Erasmus… Continue reading

14 December: Inaugural speech Connie Jimenez

You are invited to the inaugural lecture of Dr Connie Jimenez, who has been appointed as a Professor in Translational Oncoproteomics at the VU University in Amsterdam. Lecture title: TRANSLATIONELE ONCOPROTEOMICS: OVER VERTALEN VAN (FOSFO)EIWIT FINGERPRINTS Language: Dutch Location: Aula Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam Date and time: woensdag 14 december 2016 at 15:45 More information: full invitation

Join the SWAT4LS conference on 5-8 December 2016

The next Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS) conference will be held in Amsterdam on 5-8 December 2016. SWAT4LS 2016 will comprise a tutorials day (5 December, including a FAIR data stewardship tutorial), main conference (6-7 December), and a Hackathon day (8 December). Employees of DTL partners receive a 20% discount on the registration fee. The 2016 SWAT4LS conference… Continue reading