CWA info continued elsewhere

January 28, 2010

Information on the Concept Web Alliance is being continued on the site of the Netherlands BioInformatics Centre (NBIC). The functionality there is somewhat different than this Conceptweblog, and comments or contributions should be sent to velterop[at]conceptweballiance[dot]org, stating clearly that you wish them to be published on the CWA pages. We reserve the right not to publish contributions or comments, but will motivate such a decision.

CWA Working Groups communicate via MyExperiment

July 31, 2009

Several of the Working Groups have now set out their ‘stall’ on the MyExperiment scientific collaboration platform. Those interested in participating should register in MyExperiment and request membership of the group(s) they want to join for the discussion. Groups that have not yet done so are invited to create a Group on MyExperiment as well.

Agreement on DNA bar code for plants

July 30, 2009

For animals there was agreement earlier, but now there is agreement for a system of ‘barcodes’ to identify plant species. See the article in Scientific American.

CWA Working Groups ready to go

July 10, 2009

For most working groups a Chair has now been confirmed and those groups are ready to start their activities (see the tab Groups). Anybody who wants to participate in the capacity of either a Member or a Reviewer, or just an Observer, is most welcome. They should take up contact with the respective Chair, via the email address

Francis Collins named as NIH chief

July 9, 2009

Physician and geneticist Francis Collins was nominated by President Barack Obama on 8 July as the next director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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July 4, 2009

The University of Manchester and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have launched a major new e-science resource for biologists – which could accelerate research into treatments for H1N1 flu and cancer: See the full news release on the web site of the University of Manchester.

The Changing Face of Biobanks

July 2, 2009

Jeanene Swanson in Genome Technology, July/August 2009


“Biobanking is changing rapidly, and it’s in no small part due to the demands of systems biology. Many [large-scale biobanks] are also adding clinical annotation, genetic data, and increasingly genomic, proteomic, and other ‘omics’ information.”

“Because biobanks not only collect and store specimens, but serve as a library of sorts for researchers wishing to work with these samples, they have many requirements.”

“The goal, says Jennifer Harris at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, is to develop a common infrastructure that encourages sharing in order to make high-throughput work possible. “Getting the most out of the data will require a certain amount of sharing and data release,” she says.”

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