Castor EDC raises €5.3M Series A to accelerate medical research

DTL partner Castor EDC has announced that it has raised $6.25 million (€5.3M) in a Series A round led by the firm INKEF Capital. Derk Arts, Castor’s founder and CEO, states: “At Castor, we have built a cutting-edge, user-friendly Electronic Data Capture platform that we are putting in the hands of every medical researcher worldwide. With the help of our system, we… 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.

NWO Spinoza Prize for cell biologist Anna Akhmanova

Professor Anna Akhmanova from Utrecht University has been awarded an NWO Spinoza Prize for her world-leading research into the cytoskeleton. Alongside the Stevin Prize, the Spinoza Prize is the highest academic distinction in the Netherlands. Akhmanova also leads a DTL Technology Hotel (Biological Imaging Centre Utrecht University) and is actively involved in NL-BioImaging AM, a distributed microscopy research infrastructure. Read more.

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

Data stewardship desk in Groningen

Dr Salome Scholtens is a Programme Manager at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) and community manager at the Genomic Coordination Center at UMCG. Together with her colleagues, she has established a data stewardship service desk and FAIR data management training. She is also involved in DTL’s endeavour to connect similar service desks at a national level. Scholtens explains: “The… Continue reading

Data stewardship roadshow in Utrecht

Until recently, Daphne van Beek worked as a data steward at the division of biomedical genetics of the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). She has developed a Data stewardship roadshow for scientists, featuring practical data stewardship solutions. In addition, she has initiated the DTL Data Stewards Interest Group. What would happen if your laptop was stolen today? Would you still… Continue reading

A journey around data stewardship initiatives in the Netherlands

One of DTL’s roles is to enable Dutch life science professionals to learn from each other’s experiences in organising data stewardship support and training. In a series of four articles, professionals that are committed to this share their story. Dr Salome Scholtens of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) explains: “In the past, scientists managed all data-related aspects of their… Continue reading

Will you win the Dutch Data Prize 2018?

This year, the Dutch Data Prize will be awarded for the fifth time, to a researcher or research group that has made a special contribution to science by making research data accessible for new or additional research. Just as in 2016, there will be a Data Prize in three categories: humanities & social sciences, exact & technical sciences, and medical… Continue reading

25 April: webinar Make the most of your research

On 25 April 2018 (1pm UTC), David Parsons and Valerie Teng-Broug from Elsevier will present a webinar entitled ‘Make the most of your research: publish your data & methods’. In this Researcher Academy webinar, you will learn how to publish methods and data as separate, indexed, peer-reviewed articles in multidisciplinary, open access journals. Read more. From data collection, sampling choices, and methodological… Continue reading