News

What are ELNs and LIMS? Why should scientists use them and what are the benefits? Besides the introduction to the topic and the tools, this world café aims to identify the needs in the microbiology community. To identify the needs of the German microbiology research community on Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs), we are organizing a world café on 2023-02-24 10:00 - 12:00. After an introduction, we will discuss topics such as General Needs, Interoperability, Ergonomics and Processes & Worflows. Ultimately, we would like to help the microbiology sub-communities to select and implement an ELN in their research group. To participate, please register here.

During Love Data Week 2023 several NFDI consortia participate in events or training regarding the topic “Data: Agent of Change”. Togetehr with the NFDI consortia DataPLANT, NFDI4Health and NFDI4Biodiversity, NFDI4Microbiota holds a panel discussion ‘Wind of change - sharing is caring! How to improve research data and its benefits in the Life Sciences’ at the University of Bremen. Data-driven decisions in the life sciences have an immense impact on the well-being of humans and the environment, as well as on the development of research directions. Therefore, using best practice examples, experts from different areas of life sciences will discuss the importance of data-based decisions. Expect an in-depth discussion on the challenges and benefits of cultural change related to research data governance, Open Science and FAIR principles, and their impact on the daily life of every individual.

Panelists:

Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner (NFDI4Microbiota), Björn Usadel (DataPLANT), Dr. Barbara Ebert (NFDI4Biodiversity), Prof. Dr. Dagmar Waltemath (NFDI4Health)

Moderation:

Dr. Kerstin Elbing (VBio)

Location:

Universität Bremen, Room NW2 C0290 (Hörsaal 1)

Date and time:

16.02.2023 15.00 - 17.00 PM CEST

Zoom option:

Meeting-ID: 812 3227 9619

Password: 092856

NFDI4Microbiota will attend the 1st BioHackathon Germany organized by de.NBI. The workshop ‘Extending the NFDI4Microbiota Knowledge Base’ will be held during the event from 12th to 16th december 2022 in Wittenberg. NFDI4Microbiota has initiated a dedicated Knowledge Base which will contain information on Research Data Management and Reproducible Data Analysis in the broad field of microbiology. The Knowledge Base is developed in an open, collaborative process on GitHub and offered under a permissive license (CC-BY 4.0).

Several NFDI4Microbiota members will participate in the BioHackathon and use that time as a content spring. The BioHackathon will offer a great opportunity to engage in discussions with other participants on various topics such as best practices, bioinformatical tools, Electronic Lab Notebooks and privacy issues.

Free-of-charge registration is open until 25th of November.

Project Lead: Justine Vandendorpe and Kassian Kobert

NFDI4Health, GHGA and NFDI4Microbiota particularly welcome the strategic goal of establishing a decentralized, research-compatible, networked and interoperable health data infrastructure with a central health research data portal. The plea of the German Council of Science and Humanities for a data protection compliant facilitation of data access with the possibilities of the opt-out procedure is explicitly supported by the participating NFDI consortia. Additionally, improved possibilities for the linkage of different data sources (record linkage) on a national level are pleaded for.

For “Rückmeldung der lebenswissenschaftlichen Nationalen Forschungsdateninfrastrukturen NFDI4Health, GHGA und NFDI4Microbiota zu den Positionen und Empfehlungen des Wissenschaftsrats” click here.

For the “Positionspapier zur Digitalisierung und Datennutzung für Gesundheitsforschung und Versorgung” click here.

NFDI4Microbiota will take part in the panel discussion ‘Everything FAIR and Open? Restrictions on data publications’ at JCDL 2022. The panel discussion will be held during the NFDI Satellite Event @JCDL 2022 on the 23rd of June 2022. We are looking forward to an intense exchange on different data and their handling and restrictions in the fields of Life and Social Sciences with representatives of NFDI4Health, NFDI4Biodiversity, and KonsortSWD. Our consortium will be represented by our consortial speaker Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner. Further details can be found via this link. Please have a closer look at the different registration options!

More than a 1,000 researchers worldwide have already signed the DSI Scientific Network’s Open Letter, calling for open & equitable sharing of genetic sequence data from. You are wondering why this might be important to you?

A short summary by the DSI Scientific Network, orgnaized by Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH:

“In March 2022, negotiations on Digital Sequence Information (DSI) and benefit sharing will resume among Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity as they work to reach agreement on the new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, which sets new goals and aims to transform society’s relationship with biodiversity. The scientific community is the primary generator and user of DSI. The outcome of these negotiations will therefore shape our ability to use DSI and generate research that helps move forward sustainable development, protect biodiversity and address global health crises. Given the importance of DSI to our work, it is essential that our perspectives, expertise and experience be included in considerations of different approaches to benefit sharing for DSI. DSI is used by researchers in a wide of contexts including for studying and monitoring biodiversity, understanding ecosystem impacts from climate change, improving crops, developing new medicines, and tracking the spread and evolution of new infectious diseases. Access to DSI is therefore crucial to research supporting many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A wide range of organizations and experts have called for DSI policy solutions that provide equitable benefit-sharing through multilateral mechanisms that protect open access DSI.” Source and more information

We highly support this initiative and want to invite all researchers to sign the DSI ScientificNetwork’s Open Letter to ensure good research in the future.

Become an NFDI4Microbiota ambassador for your institute! You will not only increase your knowledge on topics like research data management, but also have the possibility to network and influence our work as well as getting solutions for your problems. We do adress this program specifically to young researchers like PhD candidates and PostDocs. You can get more information and register here The first Ambassador Coffe Talk will be on the 13th of June, so make sure to register by the 23rd of May, so you will receive an invitation #NFDIrocks

We are pleased to announce our next bioinformatics workshop: “Introduction to deep learning with R”, which will take place online on June 13-15, 2022. Deep learning based techniques have shown remarkable results in domains such as speech synthesis, natural language processing and image vision. Recently, these methods have been applied to the bioinformatics domain and have been shown, for example, to achieve an unprecedented level of performance for the protein folding task. In this workshop, we will explore and train deep neural networks using the R programming language on genomic datasets. Interested? Then please find additional information here. We are looking forward to seeing you in the workshop! The link for registration here

We are pleased to announce the first bioinformatics workshop: “Introduction to R”, which will take place online from 7th to 9th of March 2022. Increasingly, physicians and biologists are facing largeamounts of data that can no longer be analyzed “by hand”. The R environment offers free software facilities for data manipulation, calculation and graphical display. It thus allows handling of large data amounts, simplifies the interpretation of the data, or enables a deeper analysis Interested? Then register here. We are looking forward to seeing you in the workshop!

You are still looking for some fine FAIR data training material for higher education institutions? Our consortium member Justine Vandendorpe recently published together with other FAIR experts a teaching and training handbook. The handbook included 179 pages and is openly available on Zenodo: https://t1p.de/cwtfq. We wish you happy reading and teaching!

The good news does not stop, so better save the date! After NFDI4Microbiota finally started in October 2021, we are glad to announce our 5th Community Workshop. The event will take place (online) on the 18th of March 2022 from 10-12 AM CEST. This great opportunity will be used to kick off our ambassador program to the microbiology community. If you are not hooked yet, wait for more information to come soon.

After three months of successfull work within our consortium, the election of the consortial speaker as representative within NFDI e.V. took place at the end of 2021. We congratulate Prof. Dr. Konrad Förstner and Prof. Dr. Alice McHardy as speaker and deputy speaker of the NFDI4Microbiota consortium! We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation with NFDI e.V. and all its members.