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Weekly news 13.08.2018

A group of 15 people involved in Software Development Best Practices Group met in Utrecht DTL office on 1-3 August for a hackathon, working on training material development for “Four Simple Recommendations for Open Source Software".  This was the second event of this initiative and first with the focus on lesson content writing. The efforts continue online via the lesson's GitHub repository.

Rob Hooft from ELIXIR Netherlands and Sarah Jones from Digital Curation Centre gave a webinar about Tools for Data Management planning in the EBI webinar series “Bringing data to life: data management for the biomolecular sciences”.

The NETTAB Conference 2018 in October in Genoa, Italy, will host a workshop Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment on 22 October. The workshop will be present Bioschemas, a lightway approach to enable FAIRer data resources. Additionaly, on 24 October there will be tutorial organized by ELIXIR Netherlands and ELIXIR Czech Republic about the ELIXIR Data Stewardship Wizard – how to guide life science researchers towards FAIR data management. Registration for one or both tutorials can be done through the online workshop registration form.

Weekly news 30.07.2018

Applications are open for the ELIXIR Italy Advanced Docker Course on 26-27 September 2018 at University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.

 "Tool Training for Proteomics" will be hosted on 16th October 2018 at Ruhr University Bochum as part of the de.NBI ( training programme.Besides the tool based sessions we offer a "bring your own data" session to discuss and try out analysis strategies of your own special data. As the number of participants is limited, please register soon at if you are interested. Further information about the course is available at the registration page and soon also at

Weekly news 23.07.2018

Publications from Björn Grüning's team

• Bioconda: sustainable and comprehensive software distribution for the life sciences
• Practical Computational Reproducibility in the Life Sciences 
• Community-Driven Data Analysis Training for Biology

The NETTAB 2018 Workshop on Building a FAIR Bioinformatics environment will take place from 22-24 October 2018 in Genova, Italy. The tutorial is organised in collaboration with ELIXIR and the workshop/hackathon by ELIXIR Netherlands and ELIXIR Czech Republic. For more information, please visit the event website.

A research group of ELIXIR Spain is jointly organising a 5-day GATK Workshop on 17 September, 2018 in Seville, Spain. A tutorial on "Disease variant prioritisation tutorial" is to take place on 21 September, 2018. GATK workshops are designed to provide a comprehensive on-boarding experience to new users, as well as access to more advanced understanding for users who arealready familiar with the toolkit. More information is available on the event website.

Weekly news 16.07.2018

For those who post reprints, or track them from the most recent science updates - you can now find reprints alongside peer reviewed research in Europe PMC and claim them to your ORCID. Over 37,000 preprint abstracts from bioRxiv, PeerJ Preprints, ChemRxiv, and F1000 can be searched both on the website and via the API. Each preprint is clearly labelled and cross-linked to the published article. More information is available in the release announcement.

ELIXIR-BE in collaboration with ELIXIR-NL, and DTL, are pleased to announce the ELIXIR-EXCELERATE Train the Trainer (TtT) workshop from 20-21 August in Antwerp, Belgium. Candidates from ELIXIR Nodes might apply for an ELIXIR Staff Exchange Programme Travel Grant.

Registration is now open for the ELIXIR-NL Galaxy Course - Bioinformatics for Translational Medicine using Galaxy: see it, do it, teach it!, scheduled from 17-19 October 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Weekly news 09.07.2018

The registration for ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum in Frankfurt is now open. The event will take place on 15-16 October in Frankfurt, Germany, and will focus on data-driven innovation in industrial biotechnology.

ELIXIR-EXCELERATE, in collaboration with ELIXIR Italy, is pleased to announce a Train the Trainer (TtT) event on 27-28 September in Rome, Italy. Candidates from ELIXIR Nodes might apply for an ELIXIR Staff Exchange Programme Travel Grant when they fill their application form.

Registrations is open for the SIB course on “Advanced Statistics: Statistical Modeling”, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 20-23 August 2018.

Third member of ELIXIR Estonia has participated at the Train the Trainer event of ELIXIR

Ivan Kuzmin, one of our core members of the development team, took part at the CORBEL Train the Trainer event in Amsterdam. During the event, all participants got feedback and new ideas on how to better deliver training. After taking part of the event Ivan joins with Priit Adler and Reidar Andreson who have participated at similar events beforehand.

Weekly news 18.06.2018

Two papers on AAI (Federated Identity Management for Research Collaborations and A Common AAI for Life Science Research) were presented at the TNC18 Conference in Trondheim, Norway, on 10-14 June 2018.

EMBL-EBI is organising training course Exploring Biological Sequences on 13-15 November 2018 in Hinxton, UK. The registration is now open.

Registrations are open for the SIB course Comparative Genomics, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 3-5 September 2018

ELIXIR Estonia at ELIXIR All Hands in Berlin

ELIXIR Estonia was represented at the annual All Hands meeting in Berlin with seven members.

During the four intense days we met with colleagues across Europe and introduced our work on EDAMmap, Virtual Coffee Room and ELIXIR Estonia Node to them.