ELIXIR facilitates development of comprehensive disease map for COVID-19

In an international effort to organise the molecular processes underlying the SARS-CoV-2 virus-host interactions in COVID-19, 196 contributors from 31 countries have created a visual exploration and analytics tool. This resource will improve researchers’ understanding of COVID-19 and speed up the development of efficient diagnostics and therapies. It will also facilitate collaboration between clinicians, virologists or computational biologists in developing… Continue reading

Dutch public universities can now apply for funding to establish or advance locally based Digital Competence Centres

In the era of extensive digital output of science and the movement towards Open Science, applicable (international, domain specific) standards such as driven by the FAIR Data Principles are crucial. Research software should be sustainable, maintained and shared, and researchers should be able to use and rely on state-of-the-art infrastructure, such as calculating storage facilities and data/software repositories. However, the… Continue reading

Nominate data for the Dutch Data Prize

Are you a researcher or know someone with a dataset who’s eligible for the Dutch Data Prize? Nominations can be made until 1 Juni 2020. To be eligible the data needs to be in a ‘trustworthy digital repository’; open access available, or the documentation of the dataset explains why this is not possible and under which conditions interested parties can… Continue reading

ZonMw’s COVID19 research program online

The Dutch funder organisation ZonMW has fast-track calls for COVID19 funding. If you haven’t visited their website to see if your research is eligible for funding please do so. The (2nd) ZonMW program has 3 focus areas: Predictive diagnostics & treatment Care and prevention Societal dynamics More info can be found here.

Join the online Biohackathon April 5-11th #covid_19_bh20

Goals of the online Biohackathon April 5-11th 2020 are readily accessible data, protocols, detection kits, protein predictions etc. Anybody can contribute- no prior experience with (Bio)Hackathons is required. Working groups include FAIR data, workflows and pipelines, pangenomes and variation graphs, machine learning, text mining and visualisations. More information can be found here.

Urgent COVID-19 data hurdles and how to tackle them

During the COVID-19 pandemic researchers are working around the clock to make vaccines, advance medical treatment and protocols for the sick. We are in an unprecedented situation where the whole world has to deal with this pandemic. In previous weeks we have seen the real strength of data sharing. However, there are still lots of hurdles when it comes to… Continue reading

Open Science Festival: call for proposals until 10-3-2020

The National Open Science Festival takes place August 27, 2020 in Wageningen, NL. It is a great place for researchers to learn (more) about Open Science. Learn and share your knowledge & best practices. Do you have ideas for a proposal? Send it in until March 10, 2020. Interactive sessions can include topics such as tools for practicing open science;… Continue reading

New updated version of the Data Stewardship Wizard available

The Data Stewardship Wizard has new features built in to make the management of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data even easier. A question-based decision tree guides researchers, step-by-step, through all aspects of data management: IT, archival and data publication, sustainability and the entire FAIR data spectrum. It assists with finding the right expertise, technologies and, by showcasing practical experiences… Continue reading

The EU-funded ELIXIR Europe project CONVERGE, bringing together FAIR life-science data management in all ELIXIR countries, officially kicked off

ELIXIR-NL and DTL (as the coordinating head office) are more than happy to be part of it. Integrating earlier efforts from an ELIXIR Implementation study on Data Stewardship and from the ZonMw funded work on Data Stewardship competencies and skills, ELIXIR-NL will lead the training and capacity building activities. The aim is to establish a comprehensive ELIXIR Training and Capacity… Continue reading