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Shanghai (Epigenomics) Surprise

- April 30, 2012

With genetics and genomics being complicated enough, epigenomics adds even more layers of control and regulation of gene expression, and high-throughput global analyses of epigenetic changes further add to the reams of biological information many people are already referring to as the "data-deluge".  As the field is a key part of our “big-data” scope, the […]

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The State of the Curation Nation

- April 3, 2012

Biocuration nation

Of the of the many issues needing addressing in this era of the so-called “data deluge” (apologies genomics bingo), on top of the well documented difficulties in computing power, bandwidth and storage keeping pace with data production, less attention has been paid on the efforts required to present and package this biological information to users. […]

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Genomic Standards Community Go Shenzhen: GigaScience session overview from #GSC13

- March 20, 2012

Policies and Standards for Reproducible Research: from theory to practice This month GigaScience co-hosted a session at the Genomic Standards Consortium meeting in Shenzhen on “Policies and Standards for Reproducible Research: from theory to practice. The session brought together a diverse group of speakers with different roles in the production, dissemination and use of data, […]

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GigaScience at the Genomic Standards Consortium meeting – call for papers for a special series

- March 4, 2012

To tie in with this week’s Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) meeting in Shenzhen, GigaScience is launching a call for submissions to a thematic series of discussion and research from the conference and wider community highlighting best practice in genomics research.  As the 13th meeting of the GSC, the topic this year is “Genomes to Interactions […]

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Follow us (on everything)

- February 27, 2012

To tie in with this week’s Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) meeting in Shenzhen,GigaScience is launching a call for submissions to a thematic series of discussion and research from the conference and wider community highlighting best practice in genomics research. As the 13th meeting of the GSC, the topic this year is “Genomes to Interactions to […]

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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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