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DTL newsletter - June 2014

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This is the second newsletter of the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL). The DTL newsletter will be sent regularly and will inform you about activities and news from within the Life Sciences technology field and about DTL. You can subscribe here.


ELIXIR-NL officially established
After formal approval of the Dutch node in ELIXIR (ELIXIR-NL) at the board meeting in Helsinki (7-8 April 2014) a joint meeting of the Heads of Nodes and the technical coordinators of the various nodes and the hub took place in Sandham (Sweden, 6-8 May).
Three clear priorities, related to the focus areas of ELIXIR-NL, emerged from the discussions during the meeting. These are: 
  • to arrange for a connected e-infrastructure to effectively run ELIXIR services; 
  • the "functional interlinking" of core data resources in as many ELIXIR nodes as possible;
  • training of data experts.
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ELIXIR priority project in the ESFRI roadmap for implementation
On May 26, the Council of the European Union adopted the outcome of the ESFRI prioritisation and identified ELIXIR as one of the three projects ready for immediate action and of strategic importance for Europe. The other ones are the European Spallation Source (ESS) and the Earth Plate Observing System (EPOS).

Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR director, is overjoyed by the outcome, "This is of course of immense value to ELIXIR, in particular through the broad recognition of the importance of sustainable core data resources in the life sciences. Data access and data interoperability are fundamental to research in the biosciences."
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DTL and ELIXIR endorse Data Citation Principles
DTL and ELIXIR both actively support the Data Citation Principles created by Force11. Force11 is a community of scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders that has arisen organically to help facilitate the change toward improved knowledge creation and sharing.

Their aim is to bring about a change in modern scholarly communications through the effective use of information technology. DTL is involved in the development of these principles via the FAIRport initiative that focusses on making scientific data 'FAIR', in the sense of being Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. 

DTL Technologies

Interest Group for Technology Hotels
DTL is setting up an interest group for Technology Hotels. The technology ‘hotel’ concept entails that scientists (the guests) who do not have access to high-end technology, can obtain access to this technology/expertise via a service-oriented facility (the hotel). The aim of the interest group is to assist technology hotels in the professionalisation of their services, to prepare for integrated life sciences projects combining multi-omics studies and to stimulate exchange of ideas and best practices.

"The interest group is open to facility managers and other interested parties", explains Merlijn van Rijswijk, manager of the DTL Technologies programme. “From fall onwards we will organize regular meetings, to have in-depth discussions on topics like integration of datasets to facilitate multi-omics research, execution of ring trials across different facilities to ensure consistency and reproducibility of analytical data, implementation of LIMS systems, preprocessing methods of raw (measurement) data, introduction of quality systems, and data management, data stewardship and setting up data repositories. We will select topics for meetings based on the interest of the group, and meetings can be introduced by experts relevant to the topic at hand".

If you are interested in participating in this interest group, please contact Merlijn van Rijswijk (06-8178 4030).

DTL Learning

Course directory
One of the first priority actions of DTL Learning is to make all relevant courses of DTL partners visible in a searchable DTL Course Directory. We invite all course organisers to submit their courses (including keywords and target groups) in the DTL Course Submission Form. 

Upcoming courses
A first list of upcoming courses from the DTL community is now listed on the DTL website in the Course Directory . You are welcome to submit additions!

DTL and VLPB workshop Galaxy and Cloud Solutions for Plant Breeders
DTL and the Virtual Lab of Plant Breeding (VLPB) consortium successfully co-organized the workshop "Galaxy and Cloud Solutions". Feedback, provided by the participants of the course, indicated that they now have a better understanding on cloud computing and can consider how cloud computing could be used in their research infrastructure. Read more

Other DTL news

DTL visits Swedish Science for Life initiative 
On May 15 and 16 a DTL delegation visited the Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab). This is the Swedish national center for molecular biosciences, offering researchers from all over Sweden access to Technology Hotels on a first come, first served basis. Researchers need to pay only for the consumables. SciLifeLab is a national resource, funded by the Swedish government and the Wallenberg foundation. DTL and SciLifeLab agreed to collaborate in the framework of ELIXIR, for instance on data interoperability of the Human Proteome Atlas.

DTL Events

Focus meetings
DTL started a series of workshops, designated 'Focus Meetings', which take a well-defined scientific or infrastructural issue that needs to be solved. Experts are invited from within the DTL community, with the possibility to invite external (e.g. international) guests to prime discussions and add particular experience to the meeting. Participation in the meetings is free of charge, but registration is required. We have planned the following meetings: White papers are now available from several of the previously organised focus meetings. You can find them here. We are always on the watch for new subjects for focus meetings. DTL will facilitate in the organisation of the meetings. For more information you can contact Femke Francissen

'Clinic of the Future' seminar at WOTS14 - October 1, 2014
The rapid medical technological developments in, in particular, the omics and imaging area, gradually lead to a change in healthcare organisation. This also leads to changes in the organisation of the medical clinic. The 'clinic of the future' will be the topic of the Life Science seminar on October 1st 2014 during The World of Technology & Science (WOTS 2014) in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.

The programme presents several visionary speakers who will take a peek into the future. The seminar is a follow up on the first edition of the Life Science Technology event in November 2013 co-organised by FHI and DTL. More information about the programme & registration will be available soon at: more

Other (inter)national life sciences technology events

  • SocBiN Bioinformatics 2014, June 11-13 2014, Oslo, Norway, link
  • DILS2014 - 10th International Conference on Data Integration in the Life Sciences, July 17-18, 2014, Lisbon Portugal, link
  • MCB2014 - Medicinal Chemistry and Bioanalysis symposium, August 25-26, 2014, Groningen link
  • ECCB'2014 - European Conference on Computational Biology, September 7-10, 2014, Strassbourgh, France, link
  • World of Technology & Science 2014 (WOTS), Sept 30 - Oct 3 2014, Utrecht, link
  • European Biotech Week, October 6-10 2014, link
Events or courses with a focus on life sciences and technology can be posted on our website. If you would like to add an event to our events list, please send us an e-mail.
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