Managing Life Sciences

June 17-21 the NBIC PhD School course “Managing & Integrating Information in the Life Sciences” was organized for the third time. The course allowed participants to explore semantic web concepts and technologies and then apply those technologies to their own biological problems. They were instructed by international experts in lectures and hands-on sessions.

Course coordinators Marco Roos (Leiden/Amsterdam) and Katy Wolstencroft (Manchester) were very enthusiastic about the participants. Katy: “Everyone who attended deserves a certificate. They were a really good group this time.”

The course was wrapped-up with a virtual symposium to allow participants to present their work to each other upon completion of their projects. A small incentive was given to the best project presented by Tessa Pronk, Kees Burger and Johan van Soest, who demonstrated a clear case study from biological (toxicogenomics) question to biological answers using a Linked Data approach and good multidisciplinary collaboration. Extra points were scored by demonstrating the queries live.

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