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The Importance of Annotation: A Q&A with Hypothes.is Director of Biosciences, Maryann Martone

- December 1, 2015

Maryann Martone is Director of Biosciences for Hypothes.is and current President of FORCE11, an organization advancing scholarly communication. She tells us about a new open annotation tool, Hypothes.is, and why the ability to annotate scholarly objects is so important.

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Open Data Publishing Goes New Zealand: A Cross Posting For Creative Commons Aotearoa

- February 10, 2015

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Our New Zealand based Commissioning Editor, Nicole Nogoy, was asked by Creative Commons Aotearoa (New Zealand) to write a guest blog on open licensing from a Kiwi perspective. Being big users and fans of their licenses we were happy to oblige. Now posted on their website, thanks to the wonder of open CC-BY licensing, we […]

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Community Genomes: From the Peoples Parrot, to “Crowdfernding”.

- September 30, 2014

Despite the precipitous drop in the price of DNA sequencing, global credit crunches have shrunk the science budgets able to properly take advantage of this. At least in the case of non-medical research. With acceptance rates for some of the major funding agencies in the US declining into single digit percentages, the research community needs […]

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All systems go at ICSB 2014 and the Great GigaScience and Galaxy (G3) workshop

- September 24, 2014

The 2014 International Conference on Systems Biology (ICSB) was hosted in Australia’s most livable city and event, sport, culture and food capital – that is Melbourne, with GigaScience being proud to be one of the media partners. Stem cell biology was a major theme on the first day, and kicked off to a strong start […]

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A GigaGathering at ICG8 in the era of big data and crowdsourcing

- November 5, 2013

As the GigaScience journal moves from strength-to-strength, with that comes the expansion of the editorial and data management teams that are now spanning three continents – and what better way to meet than at the 8th International Conference on Genomics (ICG8) in Shenzhen, China, co-organised by the BGI and GigaScience. Held at the Thunderbirdsesque Vanke […]

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Save the trees. Play facebook games.

- August 13, 2013

Gamers to join ash dieback fight-back Next time you sit next to someone on the train playing a game on their smartphone don’t be too dismissive. They may be harnessing the most state of the art genomics technology in the fight to save Northern Europe’s woodlands from destruction. We are obviously not talking about Candy […]

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Tweenome on Film: Excellent Video on Crowdsourcing Killer Outbreaks

- February 21, 2013

The BBSRC has just released an excellent video and article on crowdsourcing killer disease outbreaks very relevant to our recent commentary and blog postings on the OpenAshDB (the Ash Dieback disease crowdsourcing) project. Featuring interviews from Nick Loman and Lisa Crossman (also an author on our OpenAshDB paper), key contributors to the 2011 E. coli […]

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Open Science versus Ash Dieback (and the Tweenome revisited)

- February 13, 2013

Bye Bye Bluebells Bluebell woods, the dense carpets of violet–blue flowers found in ancient woodland are a spectacular and famous springtime sight in Britain, but this picture postcard scene is threatened as never before. Chalara fraxinea or ash dieback, a devastating fungal disease of ash trees has swept across northern Europe, and has now reached […]

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1, 2, 3, 4 Get with the Wiki!

- July 25, 2012

Type any scientific term into any search engine and its pretty much guaranteed that a Wikipedia article will be the first hit. Many in the scientific community have been sceptical that a free website maintained by untrained volunteers should dominate the global provision of knowledge, but a growing number of researchers are deciding that it […]

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Notes from an E. coli “tweenome” – lessons learned from our first data DOI.

- August 3, 2011

Last week marked two important milestones in the deadly 2011 European E. coli 0104:H4 outbreak: the Robert Koch institute announcing the end of the outbreak, and the publication of several papers from the many groups sequencing the pathogen. This included a publication in the New England Journal of Medicine by groups from the BGI, UMC […]

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