On 30th and 31st March 2015 the first ELIXIR 'all-hands meeting' took place at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK, with 150 participants attending from across the ELIXIR Nodes.
The programme encompassed plenaries, updates on the pilot actions, as well as breakouts to plan for 2016.
Photos from the meeting can be found here.
The agenda and presentations from the meeting can be found below.
In this third event of the ELIXIR Webinar series, representatives from ELIXIR's Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) task force will present an update on the outcome from the ELIXIR AAI Pilot for distributed authentication of the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) first launched in 2012. The webinars are open for anyone to join and will consist of a presentation, which will then be opened up for discussion.
More information about the event can be found here.
If it is your first time using WebEx, we would suggest joining the meeting 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, in order to quickly install the relevant software and optimize the audio before the webinar starts.
As a part of the ”Working up and building the foundation for Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry within ELIXIR” pilot, the Finnish ELIXIR Node is hosting a Data Carpentry workshop.
The Data Carpentry workshop is aimed at researchers in the life sciences at all career stages. Data Carpentry is designed to teach basic concepts, skills and tools for working more effectively with data.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
- How to use spreadsheet programs (such as Excel) more effectively, and the limitations of such programs.
- Getting data out of spreadsheets and into more powerful tools (R).
- Using databases, including managing and querying data in SQL.
- Workflows and automating repetitive tasks, in particular using the command line shell.
For more details and registration, visit: http://apawlik.github.io/2015-03-18-csc-espoo
The ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: 'Data-driven innovation in the agri-food industries' took place in Wageningen, Netherlands, on 18-19 March 2015.
Jointly organised by the ELIXIR-NL and the ELIXIR Hub, the event was attended by 80 participants including over 50 companies from large and small companies active in the plant sciences, food and livestock domains. The event:
- Introduced delegates to some of the free tools, data resources and services that are available through ELIXIR;
- Stimulated interaction between participants and support the long term innovation of the participating companies; and
- Allowed for networking and exchange of ideas between companies and ELIXIR partners during a 'snakepit' discussion
The ELIXIR collaboration workshop on marine informatics takes place at Hinxton, UK on 16 and 17 March 2015.
The workshop aims to bring together the marine informatics community to discuss infrastructure needs for reference genomes, metagenomics and host-parasite (salmon-lice) research.
Representatives from ELIXIR will take part in a Research Data Alliance (RDA) plenary on large scale infrastructures being held in San Diago on Sunday 8 March.
More information about the event can be found on the RDA website.
BioMedBridges will be hosting a one-day workshop at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) headquarters - in Garching, outside of Munich, Germany - on Thursday 19 February 2015. A day after the BioMedBridges AGM held in Munich.
The day will provide an opportunity to learn more about the management of biological data within research infrastructures and to exchange ideas on good practices in the area. The workshop will allow participants a chance to better understand the data management needs of their infrastructures, and assist them in preparing long-term plans.
ELIXIR Director, Niklas Blomberg, will take part in a session on big data at the forthcoming AAAS meeting in San Jose on 14 February 2015. Niklas will offer his view on data sharing in the life sciences, outlining how a big data infrastrucutre is required to solve global challenges. Other panel members include Frank Wuerthwein, University of California, who will talk on shared computing as a driver for discoveries from the Large Hadron Collider to viruses and Davide Salomoni from the National Institute for Nuclear Physics who will offer his perspective on the future of distributed computing.
Further information is available here.
The first event of the new 'ELIXIR webinar' series will take place on Wednesday 21st of January 2pm - 3pm UK time / 3 pm - 4pm CET, hosted by ELIXIR Director Niklas Blomberg, providing a general introduction to ELIXIR, plans for the series and an update on ongoing activities.
To join the webinar visit: https://meetings.webex.com/collabs/#/meetings/detail?uuid=M0RYRWBW2UQBSX3Q24ANI20U7Y-LRGH
If this is your first time using WebEx, we would suggest joining the meeting 10 minutes before the scheduled start time, in order to quickly install the relevant software and optimize the audio before the webinar starts.
The webinar series will then continue on a regular basis, at the same time every third Wednesday of each month (2pm UK time / 3 pm CET). A full schedule will be made available shortly and advertised via various channels including the all-at-nodes mailing list, twitter, the ELIXIR newsletter and ELIXIR home page. In the meantime please save the dates in your diary.