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Bioinformaticians breaking down barriers in Berlin

- August 1, 2013

Open Science flourishes at BOSC and ISMB It’s been a busy couple of weeks for GigaScience, with our 1st birthday, publication of a special anniversary print issue sponsored by Aspera, and publication of the (unusually reviewed) Assemblathon2 paper. These all spanned and were coordinated with the ISMB meeting in Berlin, the yearly gathering of the […]

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Genome assembly in the spotlight

- July 25, 2013

Biggest ever contest to put genome assemblers through their paces If you haven’t caught it yet, the largest systematic assessment the process of genome assembly carried out to date has been published this week in GigaScience. The second Assemblathon competition saw 21 teams submit 43 entries based on data from three different unassembled parrot, cichlid […]

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GigaBirthday at ISMB

- July 19, 2013

GigaScience reaches its first anniversary of publication, and achieves several milestones in changing how life science research is published One year on from our launch, we are unveiling new features and functionality at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) meeting at the ICC in Berlin (pictured) this week. As well as a print issue […]

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#usegalaxy lights up northern skies

- July 9, 2013

Galaxy shines in the land of the midnight sun Immediately after beer, mussels and genomics at ICG-Europe in Ghent (see BGI’s write-up of the event), last week was a blur of eye-wateringly expensive alcohol, brown cheese and reproducible research at the Galaxy Community Conference in Oslo. Now in its 4th year, and the second year […]

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Automated function prediction – call for papers for a special series

- July 1, 2013

Editors: Mark Wass (University of Kent, UK), Iddo Friedberg (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA), Predrag Radivojac (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)To tie in with the upcoming Automated Function Prediction Special Interest Group (AFP-SIG) at the ISMB/ECCB 2013 meeting in Berlin, GigaScience and the organisers are launching a call for submissions to a thematic series of […]

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Faster, Dataset! Kill! Kill!

- June 7, 2013

The speed of data Last week was the Bio-IT World Asia meeting in Singapore, and while we didn’t attend this year (see last years conference report in Genome Biology), our editorial board member Tin-Lap Lee presented on the GigaGalaxy server that we have been collaborating with him on (see slides). Also timed for the meeting, […]

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The difficulties sharing neuroscience data: can data publishing help?

- May 9, 2013

Last week we published our first neuroscience data note containing 10GB of fMRI data hosted and integrated into the paper by a DOI to our GigaDB database. While we have published a number of genomics datasets and data notes (see the Puerto Rican Parrot genome data note and its associated data DOI), this is a […]

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Giga-Galaxy moves into the metabolomics universe

- May 3, 2013

  Sophisticated computational analyses must be performed on metabolomics data in order to measure the abundances of the metabolites. However, this typically requires expert knowledge in computer programming and biostatistics, restricting the usefulness of metabolomics to specialised laboratories. Thanks to funding from the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, this project will develop a software platform […]

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Genetics and open access publishing meets Chilli Crab

- April 17, 2013

Singapore – a wonderful city of diverse cultures and culinary affair, is not just about the infamous chilli crab or signature cocktail, Singapore Sling, but from the 13-19 April the vibrant country plays host to one of the largest meetings in genetics and genomics. The 2013 Human Genome Meeting/International Congress of Genetics (HGM/ICG) meeting is […]

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Call for papers for a special GCC2013 Galaxy series

- April 5, 2013

The 2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013) and GigaScience are today announcing a call for papers for a special thematic focused series on studies utilizing large-scale datasets and workflows. Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research allowing their growing community of users to reproduce and share analyses. GigaScience, with its aims to […]

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