Press Releases

Building the foundation for Data and Software Carpentry

On 16-19th March, the ELIXIR Finland hosted the first event of the ELIXIR Pilot Project on 'Building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry'. The event was hosted at the CSC IT Center for Science and consisted of two parts. 

CORBEL cluster project funded

We are delighted to announce that CORBEL (Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-Science Services), a large-scale cluster project coordinated by ELIXIR, has been selected for funding by the European Commission. The €14.5 million project will establish a collaborative framework of shared services between the participating ESFRI Biological and Medical Research Infrastructures. 

ELIXIR Industry Advisory Committee Public Summary Report released

The public summary report issued by the ELIXIR Industry Advisory Comittee (IAC) following its first meeting, held in Hinxton on the 26 February 2015 is now available here.

The report sets out a number of examples of the value of open data resources to industry, and recommendations for how ELIXIR could develop links with Industry and Industry relevant initiatives and help industry make better use of these resources.

The IAC is made up of experts from users, including SMEs, suppliers and publishers and is appointed by the ELIXIR Board to provide ELIXIR with high-level, strategic advice and input from industry.

At the meeting Mark Forster of Syngenta was elected Chair of the ELIXIR IAC for 2015, and Wendy Filsell of Unilever Vice Chair.

New ELIXIR Hub staff boosts expertise in biomedical research data

The ELIXIR Hub is delighted to announce that Ilkka Lappalainen will help develop ELIXIR’s strategy for enabling clinical research using human data.

Since establishing the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) in 2008, Ilkka has helped establish the resource with the scientific community. The EGA, recognised as a gold-standard database for biomedical research data, has been at the centre of two ELIXIR Pilot Actions. One is a collaboration with ELIXIR Finland on AAI, and the other establishes the EGA as a joint venture between EMBL-EBI and ELIXIR Spain.

As a Visitor to the ELIXIR Hub, Ilkka will bring to ELIXIR his considerable expertise in the secure sharing of genomic data, and will help shape our strategy for managing human data. This will involve developing and evaluating future ELIXIR Pilot actions and grant-funded activities, and building collaborations with external partners such as the Biobanking and BIoMolecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI) and Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) consortia. 

UN designates SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics a reference centre for bioinformatics

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics as a FAO Reference Centre for bioinformatics. SIB will collaborate with the FAO on the screening, monitoring and follow-up of zoonotic diseases. These are animal infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans such as avian influenza, and animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease. 

First ‘green’ Bring Your Own Data workshop on interoperability

The first “green genetics” Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) workshop took place on 21 and 22 January 2015, organised by the Virtual Lab for Plant Breeding foundation (VLBP), the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL) and ELIXIR.

The workshop brought together international experts on FAIR together with data providers to combine results from four datasets into a single query.

More information about the event can be found here.

ELIXIR registry now live

ELIXIR Denmark has launched the ELIXIR Tools and Data Registry. This is a gateway to databases and tools for life science data analysis. It was designed with focus on both discovery and integration of these resources. It provides a comprehensive and up-to-date catalogue of resources that are interactive and downloadable, and that offer programmatic access. The registry also allows the community to upload their own resources to the registry following a simple log in procedure.

DTL: Enabling data intensive research in the life sciences

The Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL), which acts as the ELIXIR Netherlands Node, has published an article showing the role it plays in facilitating life science research. DTL is a not-for-profit organisation made up of academic and industry partners and the article gives the background on its role, remit and focus of future activities. 

ELIXIR partners team up for success

Two separate ELIXIR collaborations have recently been awarded highly-prized grants from the Horizon 2020 WIDESPREAD Teaming Call. 

Translational medicine 

ELIXIR position on EU Data Protection Regulation

ELIXIR has produced a short paper outlining the potential impact the European Parliament's proposed amendements to the new EU Data Protection Regulation. If the proposed ammendments on informed consent are introduced in the final Regulation, the impact on medical science would be grave and Europe's capacity to deliver world-leading science would be severely undermined. 

ELIXIR's position on the impact of the EU Data Protection Regulation