Pan-European Imaging infrastructure gains momentum

Recently the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the participation of the Netherlands in Euro‐BioImaging. Euro‐BioImaging is a large‐scale pan‐European research infrastructure project on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap. Its mission is to build a distributed imaging infrastructure across Europe that will provide open access to innovative… Continue reading

CGtag: complete genomics toolkit and annotation in a cloud-based Galaxy

A paper entitled “CGtag: complete genomics toolkit and annotation in a cloud-based Galaxy” was published in Giga Science Journal. This work is funded by the CTMM-TraIT project. The author team consists of members from Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands Bioinformatics Center, and Netherlands Institute of Ecology. The research infrastructure is largely based on the NBIC Galaxy server and is supported by… Continue reading

ZonMw and NWO-ALW award 35 projects access to DTL technology hotels

The Netherlands’ organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and NWO Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) have made € 750,000 available for 35 projects to access advanced life science technology facilities. Technology access is provided by DTL-associated ‘Technology Hotels’. The main goal of this call is to familiarize public-private research partnerships with the potential of high-end analytical technologies. The call… Continue reading

Proposal on Open Discovery and Exchange of (big) data in Life sciences funded for 2 years

Recently the Dutch research council (NWO) and the Netherlands eScience Center announced that they will co-fund the proposal called ODEX4all: Open Discovery and Exchange of (big) data in the Life Science, for the next 2 years. The project aims to address the semantic aspects of the ‘Big Data’ challenges in the life sciences by realising full interoperability on key public… Continue reading

Workshop “Galaxy and Cloud solutions”

DTL and the Virtual Lab of Plant Breeding (VLPB) consortium successfully co-organised the workshop “Galaxy and Cloud Solutions”. The rationale of organising this workshop is that many companies are facing a tsunami of big data sets and organize themselves in consortia, such as VLPB and Breed4Food, to develop bioinformatics solutions to analyze this data.The aim of this one-day course was… Continue reading

Netherlands joins international ELIXIR consortium on biological data

Utrecht, 3 February 2014 On the 28th of January 2014, the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, has ratified the international ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA). This makes The Netherlands the seventh country – and eighth formal member of the ELIXIR research infrastructure with the tagline ‘Data for Life’.  Data for Life As the tagline suggests, the… Continue reading

Jointly designing a Data FAIRPORT

On the 13th to 16th of January 2014 the Dutch ELIXIR Node, in cooperation with the Netherlands eScience Center and the Lorentz Center, organized an ‘unconference’ titled:  ‘Jointly designing a Data FAIRPORT’. During these four days key aspects of a global infrastructure for effective data publishing, discovery, sharing and re-use for eScience experimentation were discussed. The workshop brought together 25… Continue reading

ELIXIR launched as a legal entity

On 18 December 2013, ELIXIR enters its permanent phase as Estonia becomes the fifth country to ratify the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement. This marks the formal launch of the infrastructure for biological data in Europe, supporting life science research and its translation to medicine, the bioindustries and society. ELIXIR today becomes an independent legal entity as Estonia joins the United Kingdom,… Continue reading

Systematic integrative genomics, transcriptomics and ultra-deep proteomics analysis reveals novel insight in disease biology

Experts in proteomics from Utrecht University and next-generation DNA sequencing from the Hubrecht Institute/UMC Utrecht collaborated in a study to systematically determine the consequences of genetic variation on the transcriptome and proteome. The researchers applied ultra-deep quantitative proteomics, whole genome sequencing and RNA-seq to liver tissues from different inbred rat strains. One of these inbred rats, the spontaneously hypertensive rat… Continue reading

The next generation of life sciences starts in the Netherlands

On the 23d of October 2013 DTL organised a workshop on Next Generation Life Science (NGLS) at the ‘In de Driehoek’ conference centre in Utrecht. Over 70 people representing research groups from various life science sectors participated in a lively meeting, with interesting lectures and break-out discussion sessions.  Lectures were given by Alain van Gool (RU), Robert Hall (WUR), Bas… Continue reading