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What links RNA-Editing, Data Citation and Ancient Chinese Emperors?

- February 17, 2012

Another incremental step has been achieved for the adoption of the practice of data citation; this week, Nature Biotechnology has included one of our dataset DOIs in their references for the first time. In "Comprehensive analysis of RNA-Seq data reveals extensive RNA editing in a human transcriptome", Zhiyu Peng et al. produced a new pipeline […]

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GigaScience Journal Part of Global Data-Sharing Effort: New Standards Allow Disparate Data Sets to Integrate

- January 28, 2012

Lead by researchers at the University of Oxford, a group of more than 30 scientific organizations around the globe, have worked to produce a common standard that will make possible the consistent description of enormous and radically different databases compiled in fields ranging from genetics to stem cell science, to environmental studies. One of the […]

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Data Citation Enters the (year of the) Dragon

- January 23, 2012

Today marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and as we enter the supposedly auspicious year of the Dragon now is a good opportunity to look towards developments in the nascent field of data publication over the upcoming year. This week marked important announcements of new and improved data publication platforms. Those […]

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Data Citation December

- December 23, 2011

Despite the approaching holidays its been another busy month in the GigaScience office, with Alexandra attending the InCoB/ISMB-Asia meeting in Kuala Lumpur (see her talk slides here) and the Human Variome Project meeting in Beijing, and Scott attending a number of meetings and workshops in the UK, including the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) in […]

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HVP Beijing: dealing with variation

- December 11, 2011

The Human Variome Project (HVP) Beijing Meeting has officially ended (though a number of delegates will be busy tomorrow at the Advisory Council meeting). The energy and commitment towards better understanding and treatment of heritable diseases displayed by both the speakers and participants was great to see. Peter Taschner’s talk on the Leiden Open (source) […]

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InCoB/ISCB-Asia: keynotes and curation

- December 5, 2011

I recently returned from the InCoB/ISCB-Asia meeting. The meeting officially ended a couple of days ago but I am still digesting the good food, the good  conversations and the good science, all of which I know will be with me a good while.  In the interest of avoiding a copious monograph, I’ll try to stick […]

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GigaScience at #ICG6: announcing the release of GigaDB and new datasets

- November 19, 2011

Another busy week for the GigaScience team, with the release of a new-look database, more datasets, and a number of talks and announcements at BGI’s annual International Conference of Genomics in Shenzhen. It was a great (if exhausting) meeting this year, with the state-of-the art in genomics science on display, announcements of three exciting "Million […]

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Genomicists go Shenzhen: GigaScience at the International Conference on Genomics VI

- November 11, 2011

After many months on the road visiting conferences it’s nice when one comes to you. This weekend marks BGI’s annual big bash: the 6th International Conference on Genomics, this year held in the mock-Swiss splendor of the Shenzhen OCT East resort. With a great line-up featuring many of our editorial board members (including Stephan Beck, […]

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GigaData news: Macaque DOIs published in Nature Biotechnology

- October 21, 2011

This week marks another success for the fledgling practice of data citation, with two datasets from our GigaScience database published in Nature Biotechnology. The genomes sequenced by our colleagues at the BGI for the Cynomolgus and Chinese rhesus macaques were initially released ef=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_object_identifier” target=”_blank”>DOIs at our launch in July, and were amongst the first (at […]

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ICHG2011: Genetics and Genomics Gets Personal

- October 19, 2011

GigaScience was on hand to witness plenty of lively discussion last week at the annual American Society of Human Genetics jamboree: the International Conference of Human Genetics in Montreal. As always, the meeting had a strong medical genetics presence but the rapid growth and uptake of genomics technologies in the field produced much fascinating work […]

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