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Scott Edmunds

Editor in Chief of GigaScience and Chief Editor of GigaByte. Data nerd based at BGI Hong Kong. Co-founder of Open Data and Citizen Science organisations CivicSight, CitizenScience.Asia and Bauhinia Genome.

Giga Gets Bigger: GigaByte kickstarts GigaScience Press

- September 4, 2020

GigaScience Press launches

GigaScience has spawned a new smaller and more agile sibling: GigaByte, and is the first journal to come from our new GigaScience Press.  This bigger and better GigaScience family has lead to some changes in GigaScience, and we are pleased to make some important announcements about the team. Coming shortly after our 8th birthday, GigaScience […]

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GigaScience joins C19RapidReview: the COVID-19 Rapid Review Initiative

- May 29, 2020

C19 Rapid Review

C19RapidReview: cross publisher collaboration against the coronavirus pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new urgency to openly and rapidly share and review relevant research, with the world looking to science to solve the problems we currently face. While we’ve written about constructive things you can do while in lockdown, there are many more things […]

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Guest Blog: Data in the time of Coronavirus, Pt. 2

- April 12, 2020

COVID-19 data

With ongoing the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic providing us with unprecedented insight into the progression of a disease outbreak, and unprecedented time in the lock down to turn us all into armchair epidemiologists. This includes near real-time sharing and analysis of genomics data through platforms like nextstrain, and of ways to view the infection, mortality and […]

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Reproducible Classification. Q&A on ShinyLearner & the CODECHECK certificate, pt. 2

- April 8, 2020

ShinyLearner

This week we showcased a new way of peer reviewing software, testing code in an independent manner and providing a CODECHECK “certificate of reproducible computation” when the results in the paper can be reproduced. We’ve written a post on the CODECHECK process featuring a Q&A with CODECHECK founder Stephen Eglan, and here we’ll provide a follow […]

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Certified Reproducibility. Q&A on ShinyLearner & the CODECHECK certificate, pt. 1

- April 7, 2020

CODECHECK certificate

Out today in GigaScience is ShinyLearner, a new tool to make it easier to perform benchmark comparisons of classification algorithms. This tool stands out by making this process super systematic and reproducible, and despite needing to interface with many different libraries and languages it uses software containers (and a CodeOcean demo) so end users don’t […]

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Things to do when stuck at home because of the Coronavirus: Get Annotating

- March 26, 2020

hypothes.is integration

Stuck indoors and bored of passively reading information on the coronavirus (and more) when you could be doing something more constructive? GigaScience now has hypothes.is integration for collaborative annotation, and we would encourage readers to interact with our content more collaboratively. Here we outline eight things we do to add value to papers with such […]

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Under Construction: Plant and Animal Genomes Get a Refurb

- March 1, 2020

Plant and Animal Genomes under construction

As publishers of a lot of plant and animal genomes, the biggest conference for this research community is the appropriately named Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG). We’ve attended a number of these giant meetings in their San Diego base, and in recent years they have been branching out to host satellites in Asia (PAG […]

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Guest Blog: Data in the time of Coronavirus

- February 4, 2020

Coronavirus data forcasting

With much of the GigaScience team spanning the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and now confined to remote working, the current 2019-novel coronavirus outbreak has been particularly disruptive and close to home. As with previous WHO “public-health emergency of international concern” such as Ebola and Zika, data has provided a potent tool in fighting both the outbreak, and […]

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FAIRsharing Guestpost: What Criteria Matters with Data Repository Selection?

- November 29, 2019

FAIRsharing feedback

As part of the FAIRsharing Community Network (see previous blog) and joint Force11 and Research Data Alliance (RDA) FAIRsharing Working Group we have been involved in efforts to develop a shared, cross-publisher list of recommended data deposition repositories. The first fruits of these are a preprint from the working group and DataCite (of which we […]

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Harvesting the final fruits of the plant tree of life

- October 24, 2019

Lessons learned in the evolution of large-scale data sharing New studies out today elucidate the framework for 1 billion years of green plant evolution. The work are the results of nearly a decades work from an international consortium of nearly 200 plant researchers generating gene sequences from more than 1100 plant species. Here and in […]

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