Highlights from ELIXIR-NL at the BioHackathon 2020

21 ELIXIR-NL participants actively contributed to the ELIXIR BioHackathon which took place online on 9-13 November 2020. In the Netherlands, partners within DTL’s network constitute ELIXIR-NL (the Dutch Node in ELIXIR), with DTL taking the coordinating role. Several highlights of Dutch participation in the different Biohackathon projects were: Improvements of the Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW)– the DSW now includes a… Continue reading

Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe: what DTL/ELIXIR-NL contributes to FAIRsFAIR

What is Fostering Fair Data Practices (FAIRsFAIR)? FAIRsFAIR- Fostering Fair Data Practices in Europe- supports the board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with good (data) management of its services. EOSC was launched in 2016 to support the EU’s policy of Open Science. It aims to advance research data management by uniting existing and emerging European data infrastructures. Bundling… Continue reading

Recent developments around FAIR Data Stewardship presented at the FAIR Converge Symposium 2020

During the International FAIR Convergence Symposium organised by CODATA and GO FAIR CODATA and GoFAIR Nov 27 – Dec 4 DTL/ELIXIR-NL presented ongoing work advancing data stewardship training, skills and competences. Current developments in the Dutch National Program Open Science (NPOS) project F on ‘Professionalising data stewardship: Competences, training & education’ were summarized by Celia van Gelder. What’s more, Mijke… Continue reading

National Programme Open Science’s project on ‘Education and Training in Open Science and Data Stewardship (NPOS F)’

DTL has the project lead in the National Programme Open Science (NPOS) project F (Education and training in Open Science and Data Stewardship). This work was presented with a poster at the BioSB conference on 27-28th October 2020, as well as a poster and video at the International Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference earlier this year. The main… Continue reading

Focus meeting kick-starts Dutch cBioPortal community

On 9 September 2020 DTL, together with Health-RI and NKI organized the first focus meeting to start a Dutch cBioPortal community. Four keynote presentations were given, followed by breakout sessions on tool development, support and sustainability, research use cases and wishes/needs for visualisations and analyses. The recordings of the presentations are available and can be found here. A follow-up meeting… Continue reading

X-omics festival will take place online on September 28th 2020

Are you a researcher working in (one of) the omics areas (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics) and/or deal with data analysis, integration & stewardship? Then join the second edition of the (now online) X-omics festival “The future is now!” on the 28th of September 2020, between 09.30 – 14.00 CEST. Find more information here.

ELIXIR is featured in OECD’s report ‘Building digital workforce capacity and skills for data-intensive science’.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report which provides an overview over the human resource requirements for data-intensive science. It points out which challenges and training needs (still) exist.  The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical importance of data-intensive science and the need to strengthen the digital capacity and skills of the scientific enterprise as… Continue reading

The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the importance of metadata standards

“For all those who publish original data, provide a clear description of your data” says Max Roser, program director of “Our World in Data”, a global database on testing for COVID-19 from the University of Oxford. The COVID-19 crisis has painfully highlighted the importance of maximizing the reusability of data. Descriptions of data are known as metadata. It is an… Continue reading

EOSC FAIR working group ‘How to move from FAIR principles to FAIR practice?’ needs your feedback

The EOSC FAIR working group needs your feedback on ‘How to move from FAIR principles to FAIR practice?’ In the working group’s webinar session last week, many questions about the recently developed reference list and report were asked, as well as on the process to create these. All of the questions, even the ones that could not be addressed during… Continue reading