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ELIXIR Interoperability platform discusses with Google how to describe and share datasets

Representatives from ELIXIR UK, EMBL-EBI, ELIXIR Hub, bioCADDIE, BioSchemas and the W3C HCLS Community Profile met with Google last week in London to discuss how to describe datasets using schema.org . Finding datasets, and understanding their content, is a challenging...Read more
Posted: Mon 23 May 2016

ELIXIR and GOBLET support sharing of metagenomics training materials

ELIXIR Training Platform and GOBLET (Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training ) organised a joint workshop for metagenomics training materials re-use, on 7-8 April 2016 at EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK. The aim was to collect a comprehensive set...Read more
Posted: Fri 20 May 2016

Chris Evelo is new co-leader of ELIXIR Interoperability platform

Chris Evelo (ELIXIR Netherlands) is the new co-leader of the Interoperability Platform, replacing Barend Mons, the Head of Dutch ELIXIR Node. Chris joins Helen Parkinson (EMBL-EBI) and Carole Goble (ELIXIR UK) in leading the Interoperability Platform. Dr. Chris Evelo is...Read more
Posted: Sun 15 May 2016

Certification for quality of CNAG genomic data

ELIXIR Spain's Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG, National Genome Analysis Centre) has been awarded ISO 17025:2005 certificate for its Next Generation Sequencing Platform. ISO 17025:2005 is an international standard for laboratories that specifies the general requirements for the competence...Read more
Posted: Thu 5 May 2016

ELIXIR launches its Data Nodes Network

A Data Nodes Workshop in Prague on 13-14 April 2016 marked the launch of ELIXIR’s Data Nodes Network. The concept of this is that ELIXIR’s ‘Data Nodes’ – those Nodes with large data collections and databases with established standards for...Read more
Posted: Thu 5 May 2016

ELIXIR publishes its Industry Strategy

This week ELIXIR has published its Industry Strategy, which is a comprehensive overview of the current and future actions to stimulate innovation and ensure industry uptake of ELIXIR’s services. The five objectives of the strategy are to: Increase industry usage...Read more
Posted: Tue 3 May 2016

Database citations in patents and articles indicate impact of biological data on innovation

The extensive reuse of data from bioinformatics resources in research articles and patents demonstrate long-term value of biological data in life science research and biotechnology industry. This is the conclusion of a recent paper published by the ELIXIR Hub and...Read more
Posted: Thu 14 April 2016

ELIXIR Board meeting: 2016 Spring session

The ELIXIR Board held it's fifth meeting this week on 11-12 April in Prague, Czech Republic. The main points discussed included ELIXIR membership of Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg, ELIXIR Collaboration Agreements, Node Applications from Belgium, Italy and Slovenia, and the...Read more
Posted: Tue 12 April 2016

Towards user centric services for the Marine community

Marine metagenomics is a rapidly expanding field with the potential to provide new insight into the biodiversity of marine organisms. However, along with the expansion comes a massive increase in metagenomics data (the EMBL-EBI metagenomics portal in 2015 analysed 3...Read more
Posted: Thu 7 April 2016

Samples Club BYOD workshop, 21-23 March 2016

ELIXIR-UK and FAIRDOM ( fair-dom.org ) jointly hosted a Samples Club BYOD (Bring Your Own Data) workshop on 21-23 March 2016, Manchester, UK. The workshop brought together representatives from ELIXIR-UK, ELIXIR-SE, ELIXIR-FR, ELIXIR-NL and EMBL-EBI with an interest in sample...Read more
Posted: Fri 6 May 2016

ELIXIR appoints Technical Project Officer to support quality assurance

The ELIXIR Hub is pleased to announce that Montse Gonzalez has joined the team as ELIXIR Technical Project Officer. Montse will set up and lead ELIXIR's quality assurance processes, including the development of key performance indicators for ELIXIR services, their...Read more
Posted: Mon 21 March 2016

Developing ELIXIR Authentication and Authorisation services

ELIXIR-UK and DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities), in collaboration with ELIXIR Finland and ELIXIR Czech Republic, organised a workshop for service and resource providers on Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI). Held in Manchester, UK, on 15-16 March...Read more
Posted: Fri 18 March 2016

ELIXIR presented as Landmark in the 2016 ESFRI roadmap

The new 2016 ESFRI Roadmap launched today classifies ELIXIR as a Landmark - a research infrastructure that reached its implementation phase by 2015. The 2016 Roadmap consists of 21 ESFRI projects with a high degree of maturity, and 29 ESFRI...Read more
Posted: Wed 9 March 2016

ELIXIR Channel on F1000R publishes two new articles

ELIXIR Reports, the ELIXIR channel on the F1000 Research publication platform now includes two new articles, presenting activities of ELIXIR France and ELIXIR Netherlands. The first article by a group of authors from ELIXIR France, presents BioShaDock , a community...Read more
Posted: Fri 26 February 2016

First six ELIXIR trainers receive Software and Data Carpentry Instructors certificate

Following the ELIXIR Software and Data Carpentry Instructor training in Lausanne, first six ELIXIR trainers have become certified Software and Data Carpentry Instructors. The Instructor training took place in January 2016 at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland as part...Read more
Posted: Thu 25 February 2016

Slovenia becomes the latest ELIXIR member

Slovenia is the latest country to join ELIXIR, after the ratification of the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement by the Slovenian parliament and its approval by the ELIXIR Board. The Slovenian Node is coordinated by the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Medicine,...Read more
Posted: Fri 19 February 2016

Open Data in Action: Researchers, funders and industry highlighted the importance of Life Science Open data for innovation

ELIXIR Conference Open Data in Action: Life Science Data Infrastructure for Innovation, 4 February, Brussels, Belgium About 100 participants - researchers, policy makers, research infrastructure operators, industry representatives - gathered last week in Brussels for the ELIXIR Conference 'Open Data...Read more
Posted: Mon 8 February 2016

ELIXIR and de.NBI agree Collaboration Strategy

ELIXIR and de.NBI , the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure, have today agreed a strategy to guide collaboration and lead towards full Membership in ELIXIR by Germany. The Collaboration Strategy sets out the areas in which the two initiatives will...Read more
Posted: Thu 4 February 2016

ELIXIR and OncoTrack examine solutions for long-term management of translational data

ELIXIR and OncoTrack , an Innovative Medicine Initiative (IMI) project to improve the diagnosis and treatment of colon cancer, are working together on a joint feasibility project to explore options for provision of long-term storage and data discovery service for...Read more
Posted: Tue 2 February 2016

ELIXIR-UK invites UK based data resources to participate in ELIXIR UK

To expand its remit and to better represent the broad base of UK bioinformatics, ELIXIR-UK is inviting all existing and prospective participants in ELIXIR-UK to put forward their resources or tools as part of the UK Node in ELIXIR. The...Read more
Posted: Mon 1 February 2016

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