BioSB and DTL announce partnership

The Netherlands Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Research School (BioSB) and DTL will intensify their collaboration from 2018 onwards. Dr Patrick Kemmeren of the BioSB Board: “There is substantial overlap between the stakeholders that are active in BioSB and DTL, yet the organisations have complementary scopes and activities. We have always collaborated, but we have now launched a formal partnership to… Continue reading

GO FAIR training (GO TRAIN) has kicked off

On 26 January 2018, more than 20 people attended the GO TRAIN kick-off meeting in Leiden (the Netherlands). GO TRAIN is one of three GO FAIR pillars. Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London): “We used the meeting to discuss how to instigate a concerted action of global FAIR data training providers.” Barend Mons (GO FAIR International Support and Coordination… Continue reading

31 January: Webinar are we FAIR yet?

On 31 January 2018, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) will organise a webinar ‘Are we FAIR yet?’ The webinar will be presented by Michel Dumontier of Maastricht University. You can register on the RDA website. The webinar will be held on 31 January 2018 at 14:00 UTC and it is co-organised by the RDA Data Fitness and RDA/Force11 FAIRsharing (previously BioSharing). More… Continue reading

ELIXIR kicks off two new training-related Implementation Studies

In January 2018, two training-related Implementation Studies were started by ELIXIR. ELIXIR-NL plays a major role in both. “One of the new Implementation Studies focuses on data stewardship training,” says Celia van Gelder. She is one of the leaders of the ELIXIR Training Platform. “Data stewardship is not everyday practice for researchers. It is often considered an administrative task rather… Continue reading

Ten simple rules for biologists learning to program

PLOS Computational Biology recently published ‘Ten simple rules for biologists learning to program’ because, as big data and multi-omics analyses are becoming mainstream, computational proficiency and literacy are essential skills in a biologist’s tool kit. Read the full paper.

FAIR workshop in Ireland: a report

In December 2017, a team from DTL and FAIRdICT delivered a FAIR Data workshop at the Irish Health Research Board (HRB) in Dublin. Co-hosted by the HRB and the SPHERE Programme, the event taught 70 researchers at different career stages what the FAIR Data Principles mean and how implementing them can ease the day-to-day work load in data-intensive research projects. Watch the recordings of the… Continue reading

Save the date: Transcriptomics and Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis Summer School 2018

On 26-31 August 2018, BioSB, ELIXIR-NL, LUMC, ELIXIR-BE, and VIB will organise the first Belgian-Dutch Transcriptomics Summer School in Leuven, Belgium. The Summer School is an unmissable learning opportunity for all life scientists that work with transcriptomics data. The course will address recent developments in transcriptome data analysis. Participants can analyse their own data during the course, under the supervision… Continue reading

Bioinformatics in the Netherlands

The scientific journal Briefings in Bioinformatics recently published a paper about the history of Bioinformatics in the Netherlands. The authors are affiliated to DTL, ELIXIR-NL, and BioSB and they describe the process of building the Dutch Bioinformatics community since 2003: from NBIC to DTL, ELIXIR-NL, and BioSB. Read the paper.

FAIR workshop on 14 September

On 14 September 2017, the Netherlands eScience Center organises a workshop for researchers and policy makers on FAIR data in Amsterdam. FAIR data refers to data being Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable, with the goal to make science more transparent, efficient and accessible. It is expected that the FAIR principles will increasingly be used by funding agencies and institutes in the… Continue reading

Amgen Foundation launches Amgen Biotech Experience in the Netherlands

In the next three years, the DNA Labs on the Road will collaborate with the Amgen Biotech Experience to educate Dutch high school students about biotechnology. The ‘Reizende DNAlabs’ (DNA labs on the road) are mobile practicals that educate high school students about DNA, genes, genomics, and the latest research techniques. The project has been up and running since 2006 and over 200.000 high… Continue reading
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