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Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data


3 Feb 2014 Amsterdam - On the 28th of January 2014, the Dutch State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, has ratified the international ELIXIR Consortium Agreement (ECA). This makes The Netherlands the seventh country - and eighth formal member of the ELIXIR research infrastructure with the tagline 'Data for Life'.

As the tagline suggests, the ELIXIR infrastructure is primarily concerned with data issues in the life sciences, and it aims to ensure that data are there for a 'life-time'. ELIXIR is concerned with data stewardship in its broadest sense. It aims to secure sustained access to global research data resources, standards for data capture and data interoperability, as well as the bioinformatics tools and e-infrastructures to securely share, manage and analyse research data in advanced life science research.

ELIXIR also bundles the European excellence in bioinformatics training to support academic and industrial researchers in their discovery projects. Dutch Government supports ELIXIR. "The world around us changes rapidly", stated Sander Dekker. "The digital world we live in also affects the way we do science. Just as for research publications, this is also true for research data. In order to store scientific data and make them available for future research it is essential to ensure good 'data stewardship' is in place. I am therefore delighted that ELIXIR will play a leading role in achieving this in all biological fields. The Netherlands as one of the founding members of ELIXIR can play an important role."

As an international research infrastructure, ELIXIR is being set up as a hub-and-nodes structure, with international co-ordination provided from the ELIXIR hub in Hinxton, UK. The Dutch ELIXIR node will be hosted by the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL). The Netherlands eScience Center is a founding partner of DTL. In the international ELIXIR consortium, ELIXIR-NL will initially focus on data 'interoperability', training and e-infrastructure services.

"In order to get the most out of life science data, they need to be understandable by both humans and computers", stated Barend Mons, Head of ELIXIR-NL, and work package leader 'Data Interoperability'. "Next to the immensity and complexity of contemporary biological data, this need for machine and mind readability poses a daunting challenge. ELIXIR is in a unique position to drive standards, training, incentives and best practices in the global life sciences data landscape. I am very excited that ELIXIR-NL is now a formal player in this grand challenge and I look forward to working closely with other life science infrastructures such as BBMRI, EATRIS and EuroBioImaging to jointly ensure 'data for life'."

Recognizing that expertise is crucial, ELIXIR-NL will have a very strong training component through the bioinformatics expertise built up over the years in NBIC, and now gathered in the new research school for Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BioSB.nl). And as data and the associated software need to be hosted, securely exchanged and processed well in international collaboration, ELIXIR-NL also adds advanced e-infrastructure service capabilities as a critical part of the ELIXIR infrastructure.

"I am delighted that the Netherlands has made the important step of ratifying the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement", State Secretary Sander Dekker added. "The Netherlands already has a close-knit, structured bioinformatics community and through participation in ELIXIR I'm confident that the rest of Europe will also benefit from Dutch expertise in data interoperability, e-infrastructure and training. As open access to research findings and data becomes the scientific norm the ability for researchers to interconnect and analyse data, regardless of source, is critical to drive innovation in academia and industry alike."
Source: Netherlands eScience Center

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Primeur weekly 2014-02-10

The Cloud

European Cloud Testing Environment to be offered free of charge during 2014 ...

IBM opens access to SaaS portfolio to help African Universities with next-generation IT skills ...

IBM and Actifio add powerful new data virtualization solutions to IBM Cloud portfolio ...

Numericable Group teams with IBM's SoftLayer to develop a unique High Performance Cloud offer in France ...

HP Autonomy extends market-leading eDiscovery platform to the Cloud ...

IBM's SoftLayer and DataHotel help Japanese companies expand globally ...

IBM fuels innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa ...

Oracle extends the power of modern HR in the Cloud with updates to Oracle HCM Cloud ...

Desktop Grids

New CONVECTOR project studies mechanical engineering problems ...

EuroFlash

MSc in High Performance Computing organized at Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre ...

PRACE Preparatory Access passes 3-year cap in bloom ...

EPSRC calls for Quantum Technology Hubs to put UK in super position ...

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures to launch Call for Contributions ...

Netherlands joins international Elixir Consortium on biological data ...

USFlash

IBM Brings Watson to Africa ...

SGI and Cognilytics partner to bring advanced analytics to enterprise Big Data ...

Mellanox releases Ethernet Switch Application Programing Interface (API) to the community as part of the Open Ethernet initiative ...

Mellanox releases world's first 40 Gigabit Ethernet NIC based on Open Compute Project (OCP) designs ...

Mellanox announces launch of Mellanox Capital ...

Computer models help decode cells that sense light without seeing ...

Heavy metal in the early cosmos ...

Scientists use 'voting' and 'penalties' to overcome errors in quantum optimization ...

2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners announced ...

New IBM virtualization solution to speed Software Defined Networking deployments ...

NEC contributes Network Virtualization to OpenDaylight's Hydrogen release ...

Diamond defect boosts quantum technology ...

Oracle and Pluribus Networks collaborate on OpenStack plug-ins for Software Defined Networking products ...

Solving a 30-year-old problem in high mass star formation ...

IBM named an innovation leader in Big Data in Sub-Saharan Africa, notes Frost & Sullivan ...