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GigaScience launches: overseeing the transition from papers to “executable research objects”

- July 12, 2012

Research papers have been the predominant form of scholarly communication for the past few centuries, and despite moves towards online publication and open access, the process and structure of publication has not fundamentally changed in that time. With biological and biomedical research becoming increasingly data-driven, and the amount of information, computational tools, and code supporting […]

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Lessons From the “Data Publication Spring”: DataCite Summer 2012

- June 29, 2012

Readers of this blog will be well versed on our and others work using DataCite Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to cite data, and this months DataCite summer meeting in Copenhagen was a good opportunity to take stock of the many recent developments in the area of data publication, with the last six months being particularly […]

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The (genomics) view from the 57th floor

- June 22, 2012

In a busy summer for meetings, this month we attended and presented at Bio-IT World Asia conference in Singapore. In this era of more globalized biology, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the usually Boston based conference series, with Bio-IT World substituted their usual New England lobster for Chili Crab and heading east. The meetings […]

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A conference, neuroimaging, and the wealth of computational neuroscience

- June 18, 2012

I was fortunate in being able to attend 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM2012). It was a nice turnout, especially considering the long distances many of the attendees traveled to attend the conference in Beijing. Very exciting was the record number of Chinese delegates, a trend the organization would like to see […]

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Adventures in Data Citation: sorghum as a standard for data release

- May 11, 2012

Adventures in Data Citation

A correspondence we have contributed to has just been published in the BMC Research Notes “Data standardization, sharing and publication series” on the adventures in data-citation and data-release practices surrounding the Sorghum genome that is available in our GigaDB database and that was published last year in Genome Biology. We use Sorghum as an example […]

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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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