The international Open Bridges for Life-Science Data symposium, which took place 17-18 November on the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton, attracted around 250 delegates from all over the world.
On 1 September 2015 the CORBEL cluster project started to establish common research infrastructure to support Europe's biomedical research community. CORBEL (Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science Services), which will also build on the output of BioMedBridges, is a four-year €14.5 million EU project that will harmonise user access to biological and medical technologies, biological samples and data services, required by cutting-edge biomedical research.
Offering a web service involves offering access to the processing capabilities of some software, some computational resource, and often access to some data. Doing so effectively involves not only getting the service right, but also ensuring that the terms on which it is offered support the intended use, without unacceptable exposure for the institution providing service.
Aims A growing number of web pages are offering advice on how to choose an open license for data or code. The advice they give is partly conflicting. This workshop is intended to get together the authors of such pages and others with expertise or experience in this area to clarify the choices. Among the issues to be discussed are:
Data is the lifeblood of science. Scientists produce data and analyse data, and service providers including research infrastructures (and e-infrastructures) provide facilities for data production and/or storage, sharing and reuse.
Metabolomics is one of the latest -omics sciences and there is a growing interest for its application in prognosis, diagnosis, patient stratification and personalized medicine. For this reason, biomedical research infrastructures are strongly interested in the development of this technology. Because metabolomics is multidisciplinary in nature, it could rapidly become an “experimental bridge” between the different communities served by the research infrastructures.
In the life sciences, users are faced with a choice of multiple resources to facilitate and promote the use of standards, policies, models, identifiers, databases, tools, services, and ontologies. Some of these resources are well established while others are less mature and, although the scope of each is quite specific, there is potential overlap.
A paper on the UniChem Widesearch - developed as one of the BioMedBridges data integration pilots by Jon Chambers and colleagues - was just published in the Journal of Cheminformatics.
With the completion of a prototype of the shape-matching software, the BioMedBridges use case "From cells to molecules - integrating structural data" has completed a major milestone. In the first instance the prototype will perform volume matching on example datasets.
New data bridge between ELIXIR and BBMRI supports discovery of underlying causes of disease


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