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Workshop Open Access by Dr Phil Bourne

By Phil Bourne and Jan Velterop

Open Access is an ever more important model for publishing scientific articles in journals, a trend that is strongest in the biomedical sciences. There is still, however, an amount of confusion as to what exactly Open Access is and what the possibilities and the consequences are for authors. In the workshop attention will be given to the concept and origin of Open Access, the 'philosophy', and also to the practical issues faced by authors and readers. We will discuss the benefits, as well as to the possible hurdles, the financing of Open Access, and the choices one has as an author.

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Software Tutorials

At the conference, BioAssist is organizing a Tech Track. Several tutorials will be set up with teachers and teaching materials around separate tables in a big tutorial room.

Join to learn about the NBIC Trac software release system, queueing jobs on a cluster, visualization in R with ggplot2, visualization of graphs from many languages using Cytoscape, handling large data sets with Hadoop, and using the grid with Moteur. You can follow one or more of the tutorials at your own pace and if you don't know what you want to learn we will have a random assignment tool for you!

For these tutorials it is important that you bring your own laptop as all of them are interactive. You can prepare for this session by downloading and installing the software required for the tutorial that you want to take. Installation instructions can be found on the NBIC wiki: https://wiki.nbic.nl/index.php/NBIC_Conference_2011:_BioAssist_Tutorials_Installation

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Workshop Bioinformaticians are from Mars, Biologists are from Venus

By: Rob Vens and Ralf Wolter – Sogyo

Imagine a conversation between you and an expert (supervisor, professor, client etc.). In order to get the information you need for your research, you need to ask the right questions. This is even more difficult when talking to somebody with another scientific background than yourselves. In this workshop you will learn about ‘the right questions’ and related interview techniques. Some questions can trigger the interviewee to give the desired answers en help explicit his or her implicit knowledge. Other questions can help you realize that you need more understandable information to proceed with your research. Together these questions can help you get more information out of your conversation.

In this workshop you will learn practical techniques and insights about:

  • how you can receive desired information from an expert by asking the smart questions
  • how to communicate your research to people with another scientific background (ie. bioinformatics vs life scientists)

Sogyo, founded in 1995, is a dedicated, innovative, creative and content-driven IT-service company.

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