Data sharing to measure the impact of COVID-19 on Multiple Sclerosis patients

Data scientist Lieset Peeters from the University of Hasselt is leading a global project on the impact of the coronavirus on Multiple Sclerosis patients. The MS Data Alliance and the MS International Foundation (MSIF) are collaborating to collect and share data for analysis. Qmenta is providing their platform, Amazon will be responsible for the compute power.

ELIXIR-CONVERGE — a new project to streamline data management practices

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.

Additional funding for ELIXIR Belgium to make life sciences research data more available for researchers and the general public

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.

Flemish government funds ELIXIR Belgium for the coming years

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.

Better Software, better Research - 4OSS

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.