NWA-routes conferentie

September 20th, 2017

Kom bij ons programmeren tijdens het Weekend van de Wetenschap!

September 19th, 2017

Wil je leren programmeren? Dit is je kans! Het Netherlands eScience Center organiseert op zaterdag 7 oktober 3 workshops programmeren voor kinderen. De workshops zullen worden gegeven door vier eScience Research Engineers van het eScience Center. Spelenderwijs zullen zij de kinderen leren programmeren. Let op: er is beperkt plek!

AA-ALERT project detects Fast Radio Burst

September 6th, 2017

“Crowdsourcing for Medical Image Analysis” wins Lorentz-eScience workshop competition

August 3rd, 2017

Prof. Jan de Boer joins Board of Directors eScience Center

July 24th, 2017

An ambition for the global astronomical community

July 17th, 2017

Groen licht voor NWA Startimpulsprogramma VWData

July 7th, 2017

ANDI project receives award for Amsterdam’s most innovative scientific idea

July 7th, 2017

DIVE+ receives the grand prize at the LODLAM Summit in Venice

July 4th, 2017

Are you our new Director Operations (Directeur Bedrijfsvoering)?

June 28th, 2017

eScience Center and CLARIAH grant four projects in the Arts and Humanities

June 26th, 2017

What is the impact of visualization on science?

June 21st, 2017

Call for proposals NWA-route Big Data

May 15th, 2017

DATA2PERSON - Big Data & Health

April 20th, 2017

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions?

April 3rd, 2017

The eScience Center and NWO-Shell join forces for future energy

March 22nd, 2017

3D-e-Chem team develops Virtual Machine for Computer-Aided Drug Discovery

February 24th, 2017

Lorentz-eScience competition 2018

February 20th, 2017

Ambities op terrein open science in stroomversnelling

February 9th, 2017

We have 3 new job opportunities

February 7th, 2017

Breaking jargon barriers at Talking eScience 2017

February 1st, 2017

Annual Report: Enabling digitally enhanced science in 2016

January 18th, 2017

Four new alliances and two new Path-Finding projects

December 21st, 2016

The projects are collaborations with University of Twente, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Delft University of Technology, University of Groningen and Wageningen University.

Scientists take ‘blue-action’ to help society cope with the impacts of Arctic climate changes

December 6th, 2016

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.

Eight new eScience projects to start in 2017

December 5th, 2016

The projects are the result of the 2016 ASDI (Accelerating Scientific Discovery) and DTEC (Disruptive Technologies) Calls.

C3S-MAGIC: Developing software for data from climate models

November 22nd, 2016

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)

400 participants at 4th National eScience Symposium

October 17th, 2016

The day-long event featured over 30 speakers and the announcement of the Young eScientist Award winner 2016.

Young scientist wins award for using Artificial Intelligence in 3D printing body parts

October 13th, 2016

New Call for Proposals

October 12th, 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.

Rob van Nieuwpoort, professor by special appointment of Efficient Computing for eScience

September 22nd, 2016

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.

1 Miljard extra voor onderzoek en innovatie

September 15th, 2016

(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.

Are you our new colleague?

August 23rd, 2016

We are looking for more eScience Research Engineers!

Digital Humanities and Urban Climate proposals win NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop competition

July 20th, 2016

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!

Three new Path-Finding Projects initiated

July 12th, 2016

We are pleased to announce the initiation of three new projects with Tilburg University, Maastricht University and Delft University of Technology.

Are you the Young eScientist 2016?

July 1st, 2016

Win 50.000 EUR worth of eScience expertise for your novel research idea! Submit your idea before 1st September 2016.

eScience team participates in MS Hackathon

June 2nd, 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.

Annual Report 2015

May 13th, 2016

eScience Center hosts Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint

May 11th, 2016

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.

Publieke consultatie routeworkshop Big Data

May 2nd, 2016

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.

European Cloud Initiative to give Europe a global lead in the data-driven economy

April 19th, 2016

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.

NWA routeworkshop levert input voor de Big Data agenda voor Nederland

April 7th, 2016

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.

Blog: Software update: Software upgrade

March 31st, 2016

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.

Do you want to organize the first annual NLeSC-Lorentz Workshop?

March 25th, 2016

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.

FAIR guiding principles published in journal of the Nature Publishing Group family

March 15th, 2016

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.

PLAN-E meets DG Research&Innovation

March 11th, 2016

​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.

NWA Routeworkshop

March 8th, 2016

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.

Analyse van de vraag naar ICT-infrastructuur en services in Nederland

February 29th, 2016

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'.

Software Sustainability at the Heart of Discovery

February 22nd, 2016

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.

eScience Center joins OpenDA Assocation

February 13th, 2016

​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.

3D-Archeology in Rome

February 8th, 2016

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.

Producing better drugs

February 4th, 2016

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.”

Training introduces postgraduates from domain disciplines to data-intensive research

February 2nd, 2016

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.

Two new Path-Finding Projects

December 16th, 2015

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.

Visualizing the Dutch National Science Agenda

December 14th, 2015

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.

Easy-to-follow checklist for code

December 14th, 2015

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.

House of Representatives of the Netherlands invests extra 8 million in ICT infrastructure

December 9th, 2015

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)

9 new projects and 2 new strategic alliances

December 8th, 2015

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.

Holland`s high points

December 1st, 2015

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!

eScience Center & SURF at SuperComputing 2015 in USA

November 16th, 2015

Together with SURF we are attending this year`s Super Computing conference to present Dutch innovative developments to an international audience.

8 December: Management of massive point cloud data

November 13th, 2015

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

14 December: NLeSC-Lorentz eHumanities Day

November 10th, 2015

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.

eScience Research Engineers

November 2nd, 2015

Are you a digital scientist able to work at the interface of a scientific discipline and enhanced digital technologies?

Sentiment Mining project in Elsevier magazine

October 24th, 2015

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?".

Videos 3rd National eScience Symposium

October 22nd, 2015

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 Young eScientist of the Year

October 13th, 2015

Wim Otte will research how Brain Computer Interfaces and wireless headsets that currently revolutionize the PC game industry can be used in epilepsy diagnosis.

Report 3rd National eScience Symposium

October 9th, 2015

Accelerating Scientific Discovery

€27 million for Dutch expertise center in data-intensive scientific research

October 8th, 2015

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.

NLeSC Integrator Barend Mons appointed Chair of European Commission´s high level expert group

September 21st, 2015

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.

Kick-off Mining Shifting Concepts Through Time project

August 27th, 2015

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.

IEEE eScience Travel Bursary Recipients

August 20th, 2015

We congratulate Alexandru Uta, Zeqian Meng and Prashant Gupta on winning the IEEE eScience Student Competition!

Alexander Rinnooy Kan keynote at National eScience Symposium

July 16th, 2015

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.

Two new Path-Finding Projects initiated

July 14th, 2015

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.

Win free access to the IEEE eScience conference in Munich

July 7th, 2015

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.

Finding the right approach to big data-driven medicinal chemistry

July 7th, 2015

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.

Where to keep cool during this week’s hot summer days?

July 7th, 2015

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.

Prof. Franciska de Jong appointed Director of CLARIN ERIC

June 26th, 2015

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.

Training researchers in good software engineering practices

June 15th, 2015

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.

Six NLeSC papers accepted for International eScience Conference

June 8th, 2015

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.

Strategy 2015-2020 & Beyond

June 3rd, 2015

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.

2015 calls for proposals

June 3rd, 2015

Funding opportunities for data-driven and compute-intensive research: The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals is 2 June 2015.

Emotions in film reviews

May 6th, 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.

Four new Path-Finding Projects initiated

April 28th, 2015

​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.

Annual Report 2014

April 21st, 2015

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 receives NWO funds for research on the perception of big data

April 20th, 2015

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’.

Global hydrological forecast system goes beta

April 20th, 2015

​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.

eScience Integrator awarded Henry Darcy Medal

April 15th, 2015

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.

Public and private partners get together at ODEX4all kick-off meeting

April 15th, 2015

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.

3rd National eScience Symposium in Amsterdam ArenA

March 31st, 2015

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.

Erik Fledderus new Director SURF

March 24th, 2015

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)

Chemistry software awarded again

March 19th, 2015

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.

Cities are getting more intelligent

March 2nd, 2015

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).

Predicting the international appeal of novels

February 19th, 2015

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 for more information about the conference.

HPC is going mainstream in the Dutch private sector

February 10th, 2015

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.

Tales of future weather

January 28th, 2015

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.

eScience team collaboration on Via Appia point cloud

January 28th, 2015

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.

Senior Data Management Expert

January 26th, 2015

We are currently looking for an eScience Data Management Expert. Click here to go to our career page for more information.

NLeSC to host eScience track at ICTOPEN

January 20th, 2015

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.

Help! What Should We Do With All These 3D Points?

January 15th, 2015

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.

1000th researcher subscribed to TraIT platform

January 14th, 2015

​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.

Visualizing the reaction of birds to fireworks

January 5th, 2015

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.

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