Our March newsletter has been released. This month we featured news on our speakers attending the upcoming Open Belgium 2021 - Frederik Coppens, Miguel Roncoroni, and Ignacio Eguinoa; our data brokering of SARS-CoV-2 sequence data to the COVID-19 data portal; as well as the open call for ELIXIR's knowledge exchange scheme. If you'd like to know more about ELIXIR Belgium in the future, sign up for our latest newsletter below.
From the 10-12 March 2021, ELIXIR hosted the virtual Innovation and SME Forum on Data-driven Innovation in the Agritech sector. The event was hugely successful and highlighted the importance of FAIR data in the context of precision agriculture and plant breeding. Among the keynote speakers were Monica Solanki (Agrimetrics) and Fred Van Ex (INARI). Klaas Vandepoele and Stijn Dhondt, both from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, showcased how the PLAZA and PIPPA platforms contribute to making existing data more FAIR.
After a comprehensive internal and external evaluation process, PLAZA becomes an ELIXIR Recommended Interoperability Resource (RIR). Together with three other resources (BioImage Informatics Index, FAIRtracks and OmicsDI), PLAZA has now joined the list alongside the existing ten.
The 2021 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2021), originally planned to take place in Ghent, is moving to a virtual format. Things are just too uncertain to continue to plan an in person event for early July. Moving online presents many challenges, but also offers opportunities for making this event more accessible and affordable than an in-person event. GCC2021 is embracing those opportunities and we are pleased to announce
The COVID-19 Data Portal brings together and continuously updates relevant COVID-19 datasets. EMBL created a video on the COVID-19 Data Portal and how it enables the scientific community to develop tools and services that support infectious diseases research. One of the examples mentioned in the video is the Galaxy tool developed last year by our team, that allows easy submission of SARS-CoV-2 sequence data to the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA).
The new year brings our first video! The video gives a walkthrough on how to upload SARS-CoV-2 sequence data and its metadata to the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) using our newly developed Galaxy tool. All details can also be found on our data management website https://rdm.elixir-belgium.org/covid-19.
One of the key objectives of the Belgian ELIXIR node is to build data management and data analysis infrastructure for life-sciences. In collaboration with the Galaxy Core Team and the ELIXIR Galaxy Community, we developed the useGalaxy.be instance which has been released for public use in 2019. To further implement specific data analysis workflows and use cases, we are looking for a Research Software Engineer. Apply here to become our new colleague.
The diverse and multiple activities in ELIXIR Belgium require efficient and clear communication and sustainable outreach towards the life sciences community. To further optimise and extend this, we have an open vacancy for a Communications and Community Outreach Officer. Apply here to join our team.