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

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

Training courses ELIXIR Belgium

ELIXIR Belgium will be holding four training courses in Autumn 2017: Bio-molecular data-mining, Functional Plant Bioinformatics, Python for data processing, and Fundamental data skills for data-driven research. More information and registration.

Developing a strategy for computational lab skills training through Software and Data Carpentry

Quality training in computational skills for life scientists is essential to allow them to deliver robust, reproducible, and cutting-edge research. ELIXIR has adopted a well-established and progressive programme of computational lab and data skills training from Software and Data Carpentry, aimed at increasing the number of skilled life scientists and building a sustainable training community in this field. Recently, Aleksandra Pawlik (New Zealand eScience… Continue reading

Groningen Techcentre for Life Sciences: towards the first local DTL

DTL is a network of Dutch life sciences professionals that jointly develop an interconnected research infrastructure. Our focus is on FAIR data treatment, accessible high-end technologies, and expert training: Data, Technologies, and Learning. People at Groningen University and UMCG are now establishing a local version of the national DTL network. Dr Morris Swertz, Dr Salome Scholtens, and Dr Marina de… Continue reading