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DTL newsletter - March 2015

DTL news

DTL partnership grows to over 25 partners in one year
Less than a year ago, in March 2014, TU Delft was the first organisation to sign the generic DTL Partner Agreement. Since then the DTL Alliance has rapidly grown to 26 partners. DTL warmly welcomes its latest partner organisations Erasmus MC, Netherlands eScience Center, DLO, Maastricht UMC+ and The Hyve to the DTL partnership.
The DTL partners recently convened to exchange their in house capacities and strategy in the field of life science technologies and data stewardship. They gladly accepted the nomination of Professor Ronald Stolk (UMCG, University of Groningen) as chairman of the DTL Partner Advisory Committee. Stolk emphasised the partners' wish for DTL to act as the nationwide platform to coordinate the data aspects of life science research in the Netherlands, thereby linking relevant public infrastructure initiatives, public-private research initiatives, and involving academia and industry directly. Read more
If you want to know more about joining DTL as a partner, please get in touch with Ruben Kok

Data stewardship selection criterion in Enabling Technnologies hotel call
In the recent “Enabling Technologies Hotels” call of ZonMw/NWO-ALW applicants
were asked to complete a data stewardship section in the project proposal.
Data management experts of DTL evaluated these data stewardship plans. Sander Hougee of ZonMw: “At ZonMw we believe that data generated with … Read more

F1000 Research paper on DTL Data published 
Lars Eijssen (Maastricht University), Rob Hooft (DTL and the Netherlands eScience Center) and colleagues published a paper about the DTL Data programme in the journal F1000 Research. Recently, the first expert referee wrote a report on ... Read more

Successful first 'green' Bring Your Own Data workshop on interoperability
Bernard de Geus, director of the Virtual Lab for Plant Breeding, is very happy with the results of the first 'green' BYOD: “VLPB strongly supports collaboration and sharing and exchange of best and worst practices. This green BYOD was an excellent means to achieve ... Read more

CTMM-TraIT makes Chipster available for biomedical studies
Chipster,  a user-friendly, open-source, high-throughput data analysis software tool created and maintained by the IT Center for Science (CSC, Finland), has been released for ... Read more

Human Protein Atlas includes RDF data in latest release
In January Science published a paper on the latest edition of the Human Protein Atlas (HPA).
HPA includes RDF data in this release, a significant move towards ... Read more

Your jobs announced on the DTL website
If your organisation is one of the DTL Partners, you can now announce your vacancies through the jobs list on the DTL website. Please contact Femke Francissen if you are interested. 

Partner news

Chris Evelo appointed professor 'Bioinformatics for integrative systems biology'
Last Friday, Chris Evelo of Maastricht University delivered his inaugural lecture. He will occupy a chair in bioinformatics for integrative systems biology and can now add the abbreviation Prof. before his name ... Read more

Ten private partners and six academic partners signed the Odex4all project agreement
Barend Mons of LUMC is PI of Odex4all, the open discovery and exchange of (big) data in the life sciences project that  sets out to address the semantics and analytics aspects of challenges in the life sciences. The project is off to a flying start now all parties ... Read more

TNO coordinates European nutritional data sharing project ENPADASI
Jildau Bouwman of DTL's partner TNO leads the project that will deliver an open access research infrastructure for data of most European nutritional studies. The data will adhere to the FAIR ... Read more

TNO study ADMIT first human study published by PLOS One accepted Phenotype database
TNO has been involved in several multi-omics studies and is data manager of several (European) projects, such as the ADMIT study on the assessment of the dietary modulation of inflammatory tone. In this study TNO combines ... Read more

UMC Utrecht researchers can now use a shared facility for safe data archival
Researchers at DTL's partner UMC Utrecht can now profit from a shared resource for safely archiving large quantities of data. The shared storage infrastructure makes it easier for researchers to ... Read more

ALS – MinE: analysing thousand of genomes on the Life Science Grid 
Project MinE, a project directed at finding the cause of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will analyse up to 22.500 genomes. The project collaborates with SURFsara to realise large, safe and fast storage as well as analysis of the genetic data. They are now testing the speed of ... Read more

Your news announced on the DTL website
If your organisation is one of the DTL Partners, you can announce your news through the DTL website. Please send your news items to Mascha Jansen


Please register for ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries 
March 18-19, 2015 - Wageningen
The event is organised by ELIXIR-NL partners including Wageningen University and the ELIXIR Hub. The forum is aimed at the agri-food companies that use public bioinformatics resources in their business and would like to ... Read more
Software and data carpentry initiatives
As a part of the Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry ELIXIR pilot, two ELIXIR nodes (Finland and the Netherlands) will host a data carpentry hackathon, followed by a workshop on the same subject. Finland's events will take place in March, whereas the Dutch follow in June. The Data Carpentry workshop is aimed at ... Read more

Survey training needs in industry 
Two ELIXIR wide surveys were developed related to training needs in industry, one for bioinformaticians and one for lab scientists. We kindly invite you to ... Read more. 

Workshop 'Best practices in training on NGS analysis' through Dutch eyes
Martijn Herber of the Hanze Hogeschool joined the ELIXIR Training the Trainers workshop on behalf of the Dutch node. His thoughts about the meeting can ... Read more

ELIXIR hosts monthly webinars on diverse topics. The series will include updates from the ELIXIR Pilot actions and Technical Task Forces. Please see the full schedule

DTL events

DTL Focus meeting: Using GRCh38 in NGS data analysis
March 31, 2015 - Utrecht
The next DTL Focus meeting discusses the new human reference genome GRCh38 and it's use in NGS data analysis. The meeting will focus on differences between the new and the old reference genome (h19), tooling and new ...  Read more 

Do you know that DTL organises regular meetings for scientific programmers in the life sciences? 
As a continuation of a series of programmers meetings that NBIC organised during its lifetime, DTL arranges programmers meetings roughly every two months. Subjects may vary from new developments in programming languages to direct life science applications. We invite everyone interested to join. The next meeting is planned April 17. Read more

Other (inter)national courses & events

  • BIUP Network event at the Hyve, 13 March 2015, Utrecht, the Netherlands link
  • Cloud Workshop for Life Sciences, 16 March 2015, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK link 
  • PCDI Postdoc Retreat 2015, 15-17 March 2015, Kapellerput, Heeze, the Netherlands link
  • ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries, 18-19 March 2015, Wageningen, the Netherlands link
  • ELIXIR Data Carpentry workshop, 18-19 March 2015, Espoo, Finland link
  • Course: Pattern Recognition (4th edition), 23-27 March 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands link
  • From discovery to diagnostics: Translational research in medical genetics, 26 March 2015, Nijmegen, the Netherlands link 
  • DTL Focus meeting: Using GRCh38 in NGS data analysis, 31 March 2015, Utrecht, the Netherlands link 
  • Course: Browsing Genes and Genomes with UCSC: Basic & Advanced, 1-2 April 2015, Rotterdam, the Netherlands link 
  • Course: Advanced Bioinformatics: Data mining and Data integration for biomedical research, 13-17 April 2015, Utrecht, the Netherlands link
  • Course: Introduction to e-science, 13-17 April 2015, Amsterdam, the Netherlands link
  • 5th IBS Channel Network Conference, 20-22 April 2015, Nijmegen, the Netherlands link
  • Course: Kick start R (3rd edition), April 24, 2015 Amsterdam,the Netherlands link
  • 13th International Symposium on Mutation in the Genome: detection, genome sequencing & interpretation, 27-30 April 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands link
  • BioSB 2015 - Dutch Bioinformatics & Systems Biology Conference, 20-21 May 2015, Lunteren, the Netherlands link
  • Second EATRIS conference: Building Bridges in Translational Medicine, 27-28 May 2015, Zuiderkerk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands link 
  • Dutch Technology Week, 31 May - 6 June 2015, Eindhoven, the Netherlands link
  • Course: Advanced de novo assembly and resolving complex genomic regions (2nd edition), 1-3 June 2015, Leiden, the Netherlands link
  • ICCS 2015: International Conference on Computational Science, 1-3 June 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland link
  • 12th [BC]2 - the Basel Computational Biology Conference, 7-10 June 2015, Basel, Switzerland link 
  • Course: Quantitative and Predictive Modelling, 22-26 June 2015, the Netherlands link
  • ISMB/ECCB 2015 - 10-14 July 2015, Dublin, Ireland link
  • BioSHaRE conference LATEST TOOLS and SERVICES for DATA SHARING, July 28, Milan, Italy link 
  • Systems Biology of Infection Symposium, 6-10 September 2015, Ascona Switzerland link 
  • STATegra Summer School in -Omics Data Integration, 7-11 September 2015, Valencia Spain link
  • 3rd National e-Science Symposium, October 8 2015, Amsterdam, the  Netherlands, link 
  • Open Symposium BioMedBridges: Building the Bio-Connectome - Open Data Infrastructure to accellerate innovation, 17-18 November 2015, Hinxton, UK link
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