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e-Infrastructure colloquium: E-Science Dictates E-Publication

26 Apr 2012
15:30 to 16:30
Science Park Amsterdam, Eetcafé Oerknal, Science Park 306, 1098 XH Amsterdam

Nanopublications as a Substrate for In-silico Knowledge Discovery
Admission free, No registration, Drinks afterwards!

In a world of rapidly increasing complexity, interoperability of data is key and 'data publishing' will become the norm. New key technologies have altered our ability to generate massive data sets. And more data have been recognized as crucial data sources for research. Methods have been developed to mine massive data sets from different type of resources. These enormous strides in mining and measurement technologies have resulted in an exponentially growing flood of data: the 'data explosion’' in the life sciences. The increasing complexity also asks for collaborative environments to master the data sets and turn them into insights. Life sciences projects and programmes are increasingly multidisciplinary and international. This brings many complexities in terms of collaboration and data, information and knowledge management far beyond 'one's own laboratory'. The transition to 'e-science' also dictates innovative ways to publish, share and cite valuable datasets. Barend will cover the recent development around nanopublication in the Life Sciences. He will also address  and elaborate on the skills a student of the future need to have.

by Barend Mons, LUMC, EMC, NBIC
Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training and received his PhD on genetic differentiation of malaria parasites from Leiden University. Subsequently he performed over a decade of research on malaria genetics and vaccine development in close collaboration with colleagues in developing countries. He served the research department of the European Commission in this field for 3 years as a seconded national expert and did gain further experience in science management at the Research council of The Netherlands (NWO). Barend was a co founder of three spin-off companies in biotechnological and semantic technologies. In the year 2000, Barend switched to the development of semantic technologies to manage big data and he founded the Biosemantics group. At present, Barend is Associate Professor in Bio-Semantics at the at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Centre with an honorary appointment in the same discipline at the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam, both in The Netherlands. He is also Scientific Director of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Center (NBIC), board member of the ELIXIR international board, an executive team member of the Open PHACTS IMI project and e-science integrator for the Life Sciences in the Netherlands e-Science Center. His research is focused on nanopublications as a substrate for in silico knowledge discovery.

e-infrastructure colloquia
This is the first lecture in a series of e-infrastructure colloquia, organized by BiG Grid, e-BioGrid, NBIC, SARA, Nikhef, EGI, NLeSC.

Science Park Amsterdam is easily accessible by public transport, train station Amsterdam Science Park. Paid parking for cars.

The following colloquia are on:

  • Wednesday 23 May at AMC, Amsterdam organized by e-BioGrid
    Keynote by Roberto Barbera, University of Catania and INFN, Italy, followed by a panel discussion.
  • Thursday 21 June, Science Park Amsterdam organized by EGI