Together with three other usegalaxy teams across the globe (Germany, Australia, US), we re-analysed the available COVID-19 data and assessed the reproducibility of initial papers on the COVID-19 genome.
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus highlights the need for an open analytics environment so that the global research community can collaborate on developing effective countermeasures.
Today ELIXIR kicks off a new project to support the provision of data management across Europe. ELIXIR-CONVERGE, a €5 million three-year H2020 project, will bring together experts from all 23 ELIXIR Nodes, representing 29 research institutes and 22 countries across Europe to work collaboratively on some of the major challenges in data access, provisioning and distribution.
The Flemish minister for Innovation Hilde Crevits provides additional funding via the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) for ELIXIR Belgium. These additional funds allow us to pursue our activities on the FAIRification of research data, the facilitation of reproducible analysis and offering integrated services for Plant Sciences and Human Data research. This will increase the availability of data which is of great importance for accelerating research.
We are looking for talented people to join our multidisciplinary team. If you’re interested in contributing to building the data research infrastructure for the future for life-sciences, one of these positions could be your next professional challenge.
We are proud to announce that ELIXIR Belgium received funds from the Flemish government for the coming two years. Our project “ELIXIR Infrastructure for Data and Services to strengthen Life-Sciences Research in Flanders”, focuses on data management, data analysis platforms, services in Human Data and Plant Sciences, and training. We have the ambitious goal of building a truly integrated Flemish community of bioinformatics infrastructure.
Both The Carpentries and ELIXIR are interested in supporting researchers and developers to build better software. Hence, the “ELIXIR Software development best practices” group, which is part of the ELIXIR Tools Platform, has proposed the “Four simple recommendations to encourage best practices in research software” (in short “4OSS”). These recommendations aim to improve quality and sustainability in research software development. Find the 4 recommendations here.
Last August, the CODATA summer school on Data Science took place in Trieste, Italy (link). Paula Martinez, ELIXIR Belgium’s data science and bioinformatics trainer, participated as R trainer at this summer school in the framework of the Implementation Study Learning Paths. For pictures of the workshop, click here.