Looking back on five years of GOBLET

The Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training (GOBLET) has released a report on the activities in the first five years of its existence. Dr Celia van Gelder, manager of the DTL Learning programme, is a member of the GOBLET Executive Board. She explains: “GOBLET provides a global, sustainable support and network infrastructure for bioinformatics trainers and trainees, including a training… Continue reading

Million European Genomes Alliance: the Netherlands should join

In April 2018, thirteen European countries signed a declaration of cooperation ‘towards access to at least one million sequenced genomes in the European Union by 2022’. On behalf of a wide range of stakeholders assembled in Health-RI, Gert-Jan van Ommen (BBMRI-NL) and Ruben Kok (DTL) have sent a letter to the Dutch Minister for Healthcare encouraging the Netherlands to co-sign… Continue reading

BioSB 2018: dense and inspiring

The 4th edition of the Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology conference took place on 15-16 May 2018 in Lunteren. With its programme packed with inspiring keynote lectures and parallel sessions, the conference attracted more than 400 researchers and students from Dutch universities, UMCs, and companies. View the photo impression. Visit the conference website. Read more about the organisers. This year’s… Continue reading

TU Delft Event report: data stewardship in practice

In May 2018, TU Delft organised an an event entitled ‘Towards cultural change in data management – data stewardship in practice’. Martin Donnelly from the University of Edinburgh was one of the participants and he wrote a blogpost about it. Go to blog. You may also wish to read our interview about the Delft data stewards team.

LERU Advice Paper: Open Science and its role in universities

In May 2018, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) published an advice paper ‘Open Science and its role in universities: a roadmap for cultural change’. The paper aims to serve as a roadmap to accompany universities’ efforts towards Open Science, leaving room for each institution to carve out its own path, strategy, and actions. Read more and download the paper.

KNAW publishes foresight study on big data

On 15 May 2018, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) published a report on an exploratory study on big data. The study’s aim was to identify potentially far-reaching implications of big data for scientific research. The report concludes: “Big data offers new opportunities to enhance research in the Netherlands in many different areas of application. If the… Continue reading

Science Park study group in Amsterdam

Dr Marc Galland is a plant genomics researcher at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He is the leader of the Amsterdam Science Park Study Group. “We are a community of researchers who perform computational data analysis as part of their research. The group promotes skill sharing and collaboration.” “Mateusz Kuzak, Carlos Martinez, and me started this study group about one… Continue reading

Data stewards team in Delft

Dr Marta Teperek works as a Data Stewardship Coordinator at the TU Delft Library. “We are appointing one data steward at each of the eight faculties. My role is to coordinate the efforts of this team”. “At TU Delft, we want to tailor data stewardship support to the needs of specific scientific disciplines. Therefore, a dedicated data steward will be… Continue reading

Amgen Biotech Experience in Dublin

In April 2018, the DNA Labs on the Road attended the annual 3-day meeting of the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) in Dublin. All locations where the ABE programme is active were present.  The purpose was to learn from each other and to help each other with the ABE programme. The ‘Reizende DNA-Labs’ (DNA labs on the road) are mobile practicals that… Continue reading

NETTAB 2018: Building a FAIR bioinformatics environment

On 22-26 October 2018, the NETTAB workshop will take place in Genoa (Italy). Confirmed speakers include Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University), Rob Hooft (DTL, ELIXIR-NL), and Marco Roos (LUMC). More information and registration. NETTAB 2018 is organised in collaboration with ELIXIR Nodes of the UK and Italy, as well as the Italian Society of Bioinformatics. The main focus will be on FAIR principles in… Continue reading