The projects are collaborations with University of Twente, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Delft University of Technology, University of Groningen and Wageningen University.
While the Arctic faces rapid warming and less sea ice currently covers the Arctic Ocean than ever before at this time of the year, an international partnership launches a major project to improve our detailed understanding of the processes and impacts of this changing climate and to construct better long-term forecast systems for the increasingly extreme weather of the Arctic and the wider northern hemisphere.
The projects are the result of the 2016 ASDI (Accelerating Scientific Discovery) and DTEC (Disruptive Technologies) Calls.
In this project we collaborate with KNMI, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute en University of Reading. (news item in Dutch)
The day-long event featured over 30 speakers and the announcement of the Young eScientist Award winner 2016.
CLARIAH and the Netherlands eScience Center invite researchers whose main area of expertise is in the Arts and Humanities to submit a proposal in this call.
Our director of eScience Technology, Rob van Nieuwpoort, has been named professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science.
(in Dutch) Duizenden onderzoekers en ondernemers uit alle sectoren en disciplines hebben samengewerkt om op basis van de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda een portfolio met voorstellen voor baanbrekend onderzoek op de stellen, en pleiten voor een jaarlijkse investering van 1 miljard euro om de grote maatschappelijke uitdagingen van deze tijd aan te gaan.
We are looking for more eScience Research Engineers!
Because of the high quality of proposals received, we have decided to have a grand opening of this new program and start out with two winners!
We are pleased to announce the initiation of three new projects with Tilburg University, Maastricht University and Delft University of Technology.
Win 50.000 EUR worth of eScience expertise for your novel research idea! Submit your idea before 1st September 2016.
On 21 & 22 May a team of eScience Research Engineers participated in the MS hackathon, which intended to show that collaborations between various disciplines and perspectives lead to concrete solutions improving healthcare.
On 2 & 3 June this two-day sprint event brings together researchers, coders, librarians and the public from around the globe to hack on open science and open data projects in their communities.
Op 5 april 2016 vond de routeworkshop `Big data verantwoord gebruiken: Zoeken naar patronen in grote gegevensbestanden` plaats. Het resultaat van deze workshop zijn zes game changers, waar u nu via een online formulier op kunt reageren.
Europe is the largest producer of scientific data in the world, but insufficient and fragmented infrastructure means this `big data` is not being exploited to its full potential. The European Commission today presented its blueprint for cloud-based services and world-class data infrastructure to ensure science, business and public services reap the benefits of the big data revolution.
Ruim 150 deelnemers uit de wetenschap, overheid en industrie gingen daarom op 5 april in het Trippenhuis van de KNAW aan de slag om de Big Data vragen uit de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda uit te werken, te verdiepen en aan te vullen.
Our colleague Patrick Aerts wrote a blog (in Dutch) for The National Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD). Patrick shines his light on current efforts in the Netherlands in the field of software sustainability.
NLeSC and the Lorentz Center are looking for researchers who want to organize the first annual NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop, to be held at Lorentz Center@Snellius, Leiden, the Netherlands.
On March 15 2016, the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship were formally published in the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Data.
On March 10th 2016, adjacent to the ESFRI Roadmap Update meeting in Amsterdam, the Director General of EC’s DG Research&Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits granted an hours time for PLAN-E to present itself.
De Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, die eind november 2015 is gepresenteerd, krijgt een vervolg. In routeworkshops worden de vragen en het belang ervan voor Nederland verder uitgewerkt. De route ‘Big Data Verantwoord Gebruiken: zoeken naar patronen in grote gegevensbestanden’ verbindt veel wetenschappelijke disciplines en kent veel toepassingen en kansen voor Nederland.
In de afgelopen maanden heeft het Nederlandse eScience Platform (ePLAN) de white spots (blinde vlekken) in de nationale e-infrastructuur in kaart gebracht en een analyse gemaakt van de verwachte gevolgen voor de benodigde e-infrastructuur door de ontwikkelingen die de verschillende disciplines in hun onderzoek doormaken. In februari werd de uitkomst van dit onderzoek gepresenteerd in het rapport 'Infrastructuur duurzaam op maat'.
Behoud en toekomstgerichte (her-)bruikbaarheid van software neemt snel in belang toe nu, mede wegens het toenemende belang van accountability in de wetenschap, data-transparantie belangrijker wordt en zonder software geen data gelezen, begrepen of gebruikt kunnen worden.
One of our goals is to actively contribute to and promote re-use of scientific software. For this reason we have joined the OpenDA association. OpenDA wants to stimulate the use of data-assimilation and calibration by lowering the implementation costs and enhancing the exchange of software among researchers and end-users.
Our path-finding project Mapping the Via Appia featured at the Dutch National Science Agenda`s Eureka Festival last November. GIS Magazine published a nice article (in Dutch) on the achievements of the project.
Our colleague Scott Lusher was interviewed by Elsevier on facilitating data-driven decisions in drug development: Technology can support the use of "big data" for drug design and optimization, but not without a shift in mentality. “It is becoming increasingly obvious that the rapidly growing amounts of data that should inform drug discovery do not fit current design workflows. This situation will need to change.”
From 25-29 January the first edition of the “Essential Skills in Data-Intensive Research” workshop took place in Utrecht. This training is a collaborative effort of the Netherlands eScience Center, SURFsara, the Dutch Techcenter for Life Science (DTL), VU University Amsterdam and the Software and Data Carpentry foundation.
Our Path-Finding Projects are intended to provide the opportunity to rapidly meet short-term scientific challenges, serve as a pilot for future research projects, address immediate technological goals, or investigate the potential to initiate larger projects.
On 27 November 2015 the Dutch National Science Agenda was presented to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Over the course of last year almost 12.000 questions were submitted. We developed a data visualization to query the large number of questions and make the data more insightful.
We aim to share as much code as possible between our diverse research projects. We also want to share our code with research communities. One of the reasons why we do this is to increase sustainability of our software, by extending its life beyond the life of our projects. Our eScience Research Engineer Mateusz Kuzak wrote a blog about our checklist for code for the Software Sustainability Institute.
On Tuesday 8 December the House of Representatives of the Netherlands accepted the amendment by Mei Li Vos (PvdA) and Kees Verhoeven (D66) to make an extra 8 million euro available in 2016 to invest in SURF`s ICT infrastructure. The ICT infrastructure is crucial for the Dutch knowledge-based economy and science. (news item in Dutch)
We are pleased to announce new collaborations with research teams from multiple Dutch academic groups. These are the result from our recent DTEC and ASDI calls.
We have reused technology from our archaeological project on Rome`s Via Appia to create a public webviewer to explore the Netherlands in 3D. View our video on how to use the webviewer and explore your own neighborhood in 3D!
Together with SURF we are attending this year`s Super Computing conference to present Dutch innovative developments to an international audience.
A studyday on the management of massive point cloud data. Organized in cooperation with: Nederlands Centrum voor Geodesie en geo-informatie, Oracle Gebruikersclub Holland, Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands eScience Center
The purpose of the event is to introduce researchers from the digital humanities to the funding opportunities and partnering possible with NLeSC and with the Lorentz Center.
Are you a digital scientist able to work at the interface of a scientific discipline and enhanced digital technologies?
Would it be possible to trace the supposed change in emotional styles by means of text mining techniques? One of our sentiment mining projects appeared in Elsevier magazine: "Wat voelden onze voorouders?".
The video recordings of the morning session plenary talks of the National eScience Symposium by Wilco Hazeleger , Jan de Jeu, José van Dijck (KNAW) and Alexander Rinnooy Kan (UvA) are now available on our website.
Wim Otte will research how Brain Computer Interfaces and wireless headsets that currently revolutionize the PC game industry can be used in epilepsy diagnosis.
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NWO, the Dutch science-funding body and SURF, the collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch higher education and research, will continue to fund the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) for a further five year period.
The EU’s High Level Expert group will provide strategic advice to the European Commission on research data sharing, data stewardship and data reuse in the context of the implementation of the ´European Open Science Cloud´ - part of the Commission Digital Single Market Strategy.
Today we kick-off a new project that will develop a tool for humanities researchers to mine the historical development of concepts and the vocabulary with which they are expressed in big textual data repositories.
We congratulate Alexandru Uta, Zeqian Meng and Prashant Gupta on winning the IEEE eScience Student Competition!
We are pleased to announce that Prof. Rinnooy Kan will discuss the role of ICT and Big Data in research from the perspective of his role as chair of the National Science Agenda.
The Netherlands eScience Center is pleased to announce the initiation of two new Path-Finding Projects. The two projects result from the July Open Call for Path-Finding Projects. The projects are intended to provide the opportunity to rapidly meet short-term scientific challenges, serve as a pilot for future research projects, address immediate technological goals, or investigate the potential to initiate larger projects.
Are you currently pursuing a Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D degree? Then you can win free access to the 5-day IEEE eScience conference, including workshops and social events! The Netherlands eScience Center is sponsoring the IEEE eScience student competition. The conference aims to promote and encourage the digital revolution of research. Click on read more to see how you can participate.
Our colleague Scott Lusher and eScience project leader Tina Ritschel wrote an editorial on big data-driven medicinal chemistry for Future Medicinal Chemistry journal. Like most scientific disciplines, medicinal chemistry is becoming increasingly data intensive and dependent on our capacity to manage and exploit growing data resources. Disregarded by some as hype, there can be little doubt that our increasing data resources provide rich opportunity, but also numerous challenges, which are considered in the editorial.
Weather forecasts are predicting temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius in the Netherlands for the coming days. But how warm will it be on your appartments’ balcony in Amsterdam, or at your favorite cafe’s terrace in Wageningen? The Summer in the City project is developing an app that attempts to show you weather predictions for your neighborhood.
CLARIN ERIC is the governing body of CLARIN, the Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences in Europe. The main objective of CLARIN is to provide scholars in the humanities and social sciences seamless access to digital language data and processing tools all across Europe.
One of our goals is to set higher standards for research software. This also requires educating scientists at the early stage of their career. We have therefore joined the Software Carpentry Foundation in their efforts to train researchers in good software engineering practices.
The IEEE eScience 2015 conference is designed to bring together leading international and interdisciplinary research communities, developers, and users of eScience applications and enabling IT technologies. The conference aims to serve as a forum to present recent research advances in eScience and highlight associated activities worldwide, providing an outlook of challenges and opportunities we will face in the future.
We are proud to present the new strategy of the Netherlands eScience Center. It describes a number of strategic choices and will provide direction for our activities during the next 5 years.
Funding opportunities for data-driven and compute-intensive research: The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is 2 June 2015.
eScience Research Engineer Lars Buitinck has developed a method for automatically identifying emotions. Mapping the emotions which are aroused by a film could for example prove useful for recommending films which a user might find interesting (like Netflix does, for example). Lars presented his method during the 37th edition of the international “European Conference on Information Retrieval” in Vienna.
The Netherlands eScience Center is pleased to announce the initiation of four new Path-Finding Projects. The projects are intended to provide the opportunity to rapidly meet short-term scientific challenges, serve as a pilot for future research projects, address immediate technological goals, or investigate the potential to initiate larger projects.
2014 was another year to remember for the Netherlands eScience Center. Our latest annual report is a showcase of the many activities that we are engaged in.
eScience Integrator Professor Ronald Stolk will receive half a million Euro in funding from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) to study means to improve the perception of ‘Big Data’.
The eWaterCycle project team last week launched the beta preview of the eWaterCycle global hydrological forecast system. Using advanced science-based models and high performance computing, the system predicts the water availability of the land surface at a very fine scale for the coming week. This enables mitigation and management of upcoming extreme events, such as floods and droughts.
We congratulate eScience Integrator Prof. Nick van de Giesen on receiving the Henry Darcy Medal at the c\'onference of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna this week for his fundamental contributions to multidisciplinary research in water management for sustainable development.
The meeting, with over 20 participants, started with a discussion about the driving use cases of the project. Each private partner contributed its own specific use case, and synergistic as well as generic research questions were discerned. These research questions will form the backbone of the project.
On 8 October the symposium, titled `Accelerating Scientific Discovery`, will introduce scientists and researchers from all disciplines to digital technologies relevant to their field. It will be of interest to researchers (from academia and industry), students, data scientists, scientific administrators, CIOs and CTOs. It will be relevant to chemists, physicists, biologists, social scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians and more. Registration for this event is now open.
On 20 May 2015 Erik Fledderus will start as General Director of the SURF cooperative. As Chairman of the Board of Directors he will be coordinating the renewed SURF-organization, together with the directors of the operating companies Jan Bakker (SURFmarket), Erwin Bleumink (SURFnet) and Anwar Osseyran (SURFsara). (News item in Dutch)
MAGMa, a computational method for molecule identification developed collaboratively by the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC) and Wageningen University (WUR), has been awarded again in the international CASMI contest. Last year MAGMa was selected as the best automated tool for small molecule identification.
Due to sensors, citizen science and big data analysis cities are becoming smarter: we can locate bumps in roads, precisely measure air pollution or identify innovative ways of recycling waste. Kennislink, The Netherlands` most-visited popular science website, interviewed eScience Project Leader Peter van Oosterom and eScience Research Engineer Oscar Martinez Rubi on their work in this field. (article is in Dutch).
Researchers from the Beyond the Book project will present their paper Predicting the International Appeal of Novels at the Annual Conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations in Australia. The project designs a visualization tool to show the level of international readability of novels. Read more about the project by clicking here, or visit www.dh2015.org for more information about the conference.
Last October, state of the art software development company VORtech organized the seminar ‘Taking the lead with Computational Speed’. Our Director eScience Technology Rob van Nieuwpoort gave an overview of the state of, and trends in, GPU platforms. VORtech now published a blog giving a nice overview of what’s happening in HPC in the Netherlands.
Society is vulnerable to extreme weather events and, by extension, to human impacts on future events. Today a new study by researchers from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) was published in Nature Climate Change. Combining weather models and climate models potentially provides complementary, more realistic and more physically consistent pictures of what future weather might look like. Wilco Hazeleger, Director of NLeSC, is first author of the published study.
Last week NLeSC´s complete team of eScience Research Engineers, together with archaeologists and historians of the Via Appia project, collaborated for three consecutive days to build a point cloud 3D Geographic Information System for the archaeological study area between the 5th and 6th mile of the Via Appia in Rome. The Via Appia was one of the earliest (i.e. 312 BC) and strategically most important roads of the Roman world. A 3D GIS will allow archaeologists to reconstruct historical objects and their relationship to past landscapes.
We are currently looking for an eScience Data Management Expert. Click here to go to our career page for more information.
On March 24th-25th, at De Flint Amersfoort, ICTOPEN will be held for the 4th time. More than 400 scientists from all ICT research disciplines and interested researchers from industry come together to learn from each other. This year’s event will include an NLeSC hosted eScience track.
Today’s sensors are able to collect billions of points in just one hour of surveying. Our eScience Research Engineer Oscar Martinez Rubi presented a paper by himself and Peter van Oosterom (Delft University of Technology) at the SPAR Europe and European LiDAR Mapping Forum 2014. The event focused on how to query huge volumes of 3D points and convert them into useful information. Read the article at GIM - Mapping the world.
We are proud to announce that the 1000th researcher has registered to process their research results in the TraIT project. TraIT is an IT platform for operational biomedical research projects with extensive data files (‘big data’). It offers an easy, accessible way to collect, analyse, archive, disseminate and secure data, thereby accelerating innovations in medical care and ultimately resulting in better healthcare at lower costs.
Fireworks are an important part of celebrations worldwide, and although humans often find fireworks spectacular, fireworks are probably perceived quite differently by wild animals. Using an operational weather radar, researchers from the eEcology project visualized the reaction of birds to fireworks. You can read a report and view the visualizations online at De Volkskrant by clicking here.
Looking for a job in the eScience field? European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) has some interesting opportunities. Visit their job page by clicking here.
The Netherlands eScience Center is pleased to announce the initiation of six new projects in the areas of Environment and Sustainability, Life Sciences & eHealth, Humanities and Social Sciences and Physics and Beyond. The projects, scheduled to start in 2015, are collaborations with research teams from multiple Dutch academic groups and represent the latest step in the continued development of NLeSC’s project portfolio.
(Vacancy in Dutch) Als Coördinator Bedrijfsvoering ben je verantwoordelijk voor een efficiënte en effectieve bedrijfsvoering van NLeSC in brede zin.
On 3 December "Heel Nederland Kijkt Sterren" premiered on Dutch television. The show, made possible by our project partner ASTRON, features presentations, demonstrations, and great-looking science reports. Watch it online by following the link.