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Sharing Genomic Data in the Precision Medicine Era

The Human Genetics Massive: #ASHG15 in Baltimore This week the human genetics “tribe“ (as NIH Director Francis Collins referred to “his people” here) have muscled out the Eastside and Westside crews to take over the Baltimore waterfront for the yearly American Society of Human Genetics (#ASHG15) meeting. The GigaScience editors have attended this, the...

#peerrevwk15 News: Crediting our Amazing Reviewers with DOIs

That Was The Review Week That WasIf you’ve seen the #peerrevwk15 hashtag on social media, you may have noticed this week is the first ever Peer Review Week. Like Open Access Week in a few weeks time (watch this space for some events we’ll be participating in) this is a great opportunity to throw some light on what goes on “under the hood” in academic...

Putting credit back into the hands of researchers

There is a clear need for better transparency and credit around authorship. In the current system researchers are evaluated by publications and the Impact Factor of journals in which they appear. The ‘level of credit’ awarded to authors is largely based on the order of those authors. If you’ve ever described this system to people outside of research,...

Neuroinformatics Gets Tropical Down Under

What do Neuroinformatics and The Great Barrier Reef have in Common? Both are faced with challenges and comprise of beautiful colourful entities that should be freely accessible and shared. This year’s International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) Neuroinformatics 2015 meeting was held in the northern tropical Queensland city of Cairns,...

Fermenting a Reproducible Research Revolution

An anaerobic digester at BGI.Biofuels Research Shows the Utility of Container Publishing One of the most promising areas in biofuel development is biogas, which has huge potential as a renewable and clean source of energy. Biogas is the production of methane gas through the anaerobic digestion (fermentation) of organic matter such as agricultural or...

Birthdays and Homecomings at ISMB-ECCB in Dublin

While for much of its history since the great famine of the eighteenth century Ireland has been synonymous with mass emigration, the 23rd ISMB (Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology) meeting sailing into the regenerated “Silicon Docks” of Dublin last week was a homecoming of sorts for the annual gathering of the global Bioinformatics community....

Open Bioinformatics in The Irish Free Software State

Open is the New BlackWhile the internet might still be raging over Tim Hunt’s comments about #distractlingsexy gender issues in the lab, and to a lesser extent Lior Pachtor’s recent provocative blog on the “myths” of bioinformatics code availability and licensing, here in Dublin this years BOSC conference was clear as ever about where they stand on...

Great Lakes of Data: More with Pat Soranno on the challenges of data-integration in ecology

Ecology data in the 21st Century: multiscaled, and with “big” potential At GigaScience we are always promoting and finding new ways to foster open data, open science and reproducibility. Our broad scope covers the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences – also encompassing ecology and the numerous research communities within it. Macrosystems...

Sequencing Order: B10K Reaching for the Skies to Decode All Bird Genomes

Bird Genomes Rule the RoostYesterday marked the announcement by Guojie Zhang (pictured) in Nature of the launch of the Bird 10,000 genomes (B10K) project (see: http://b10k.genomics.cn/), an initiative to generate representative draft genome sequences from all bird species within the next five years. This ambitious project is the first attempt to sequence...

Community Microbiomes: Chatting Cat Scat with Kittybiome’s Holly Ganz

All Cats (Microbiomes) are Grey?Regular readers will have seen our interest in “community genome” projects, supported by crowdfunding and alternative means (fashion shows in case of the “peoples parrot”), and we’ve been pleased to see the Azolla fern and Cactus genome projects that we published guest GigaBlog postings from both achieve their funding...

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