STRIDES Initiative | Data Science at NIH

“The NIH Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative allows NIH to explore the use of cloud environments to streamline NIH data use by partnering with commercial providers. NIH’s STRIDES Initiative provides cost-effective access to industry-leading partners to help advance biomedical research. These partnerships enable access to rich datasets and advanced computational infrastructure, tools, and services.

The STRIDES Initiative is one of many NIH-wide efforts to implement the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science, which provides a roadmap for modernizing the NIH-funded biomedical data science ecosystem.

By leveraging the STRIDES Initiative, NIH and NIH-funded institutions can begin to create a robust, interconnected ecosystem that breaks down silos related to generating, analyzing, and sharing research data….”

The Personal Genome Project-UK, an open access resource of human multi-omics data | Scientific Data

“Integrative analysis of multi-omics data is a powerful approach for gaining functional insights into biological and medical processes. Conducting these multifaceted analyses on human samples is often complicated by the fact that the raw sequencing output is rarely available under open access. The Personal Genome Project UK (PGP-UK) is one of few resources that recruits its participants under open consent and makes the resulting multi-omics data freely and openly available. As part of this resource, we describe the PGP-UK multi-omics reference panel consisting of ten genomic, methylomic and transcriptomic data. Specifically, we outline the data processing, quality control and validation procedures which were implemented to ensure data integrity and exclude sample mix-ups. In addition, we provide a REST API to facilitate the download of the entire PGP-UK dataset. The data are also available from two cloud-based environments, providing platforms for free integrated analysis. In conclusion, the genotype-validated PGP-UK multi-omics human reference panel described here provides a valuable new open access resource for integrated analyses in support of personal and medical genomics….”

Make code accessible with these cloud services

“Scientific software often requires installing, navigating and troubleshooting a byzantine network of computational ‘dependencies’ — the code libraries and tools on which each software module relies. Some have to be compiled from source code or configured just so, and an installation that should take a few minutes can degenerate into a frustrating online odyssey through websites such as Stack Overflow and GitHub. “One of the hardest parts of reproducibility is getting your computer set up in exactly the same way as somebody else’s computer is set up. That is just ridiculously difficult,” says Kirstie Whitaker, a neuroscientist at the Alan Turing Institute in London….”

Introducing Endeavour

“We are excited to announce that early access to Endeavour – the new self-hosted offering – is now available upon request.


Endeavour complements cloud publishing offerings Explorer and Voyager, by providing an open source solution that enables self-hosting.


Endeavour allows the following uses:

  • For publishers: upgrade technological infrastructure while having strong guarantees on the long-term perennity and control of the of the technology used.
  • For not-for-profit, open-access journals: operate with zero platform costs on open and standard-compliant infrastructure.
  • For journal service providers: build new business opportunities, either offering hosting solutions built on or integrating services with the platform….”


“SSHOC will realise the social sciences and humanities part of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) by offering a scalable and flexible access to research data and related services adapted to the needs of the SSH community.

SSHOC will leverage and interconnect existing and new infrastructures from the SSH ERICs to foster synergies over disciplines and foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration.

SSHOC will maximise re-use of services and data through the application of Open Science practices and apply the FAIR principles to the management of data to increase the efficiency and ease in creating and re-using them….”

New EU project on the European Open Science Cloud

“The humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences in Europe will in future have even better open science infrastructures available. An important foundation for this is laid by the project “Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud”, which was launched at the beginning of January 2019. The project makes an important contribution to a common European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is one through the  EU’s research funding program Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to provide an open cloud ecosystem for the humanities and social sciences. Data and tools will be developed and published along the entire research data cycle. The developments are accompanied by extensive communication and training programs that connect people with social and humanities data and services. The European Research Infrastructures (ERICs) of the social sciences and humanities are responsible for the project; It is managed by CESSDA ERIC, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. A total of 45 organizations from across Europe are involved in the project. The project runs from January 2019 to April 2022 and is funded with around 14.5 million euros.

The research infrastructures AUSSDA and the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ACDH-OeAW) are involved in the project in Austria  .  In addition, a local technology company is involved in the project with the  Semantic Web Company . In Austria, for example, the communication strategy of the project is being drafted, a European data marketplace for the social sciences and humanities is being programmed, and data on national elections are being prepared….”

Priorities for the European Open Science Cloud | Science|Business

“Europe’s big open science cloud project is formally getting underway, with the launch of its Governing Board. In this white paper, a cross-sector group of experts – from academia, industry and public-sector institutions – offers its suggestions on which issues need tackling first….

The consultation group has just published a list of ten issues that should be high on the agenda of the executive board as it sets a direction for the EOSC, which has a mandate to enable Europe’s 1.7 million researchers to easily share scientific data and software tools. The European Commission is set to soon announce the members of the executive board, ahead of the EOSC’s formal launch in Vienna on November 22nd.


As scientific research is global, the Science|Business group believes integrating the EOSC into the science clouds being developed by third countries is crucial; meaningful scientific progress generally depends on sharing data and insights across international borders. At the same time, the executive board will need to consider how to achieve reciprocity and ensure that all parties accessing EOSC services comply with European data protection laws. The group is also urging the new board to prioritise the development of a sustainable business model and a robust legal and governance structure.

The Science|Business group’s list of ten priorities also includes nuts-and-bolts tasks, such as defining the reference architecture, completing a full definition of EOSC services, and detailing rules of participation for the science cloud….”

Digital Innovation Hub | EOSC Hub

“The EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (DIH) is a mechanism for private companies to collaborate with public sector institutions in order to access technical services, research data, and human capital.

The DIH will kick-start with six business pilots, pre-selected during the project’s preparation phase. The support given by the DIH to the business pilots will open the benefits of the European Open Science Cloud to private companies.

The EOSC-hub DIH is open for more collaborations. If you are looking for new opportunities to advance your business, we invite you to contact us now to identify how you can become part of the European Open Science Cloud….”

Riffyn launches Open Access for scientists at non-profits | Riffyn

“Riffyn, a global provider of cloud-based experiment design and data analytics software, has launched Riffyn Open Access which provides free use of its patented Scientific Development Environment (SDE) to any member of a non-profit organization. Open Access users have a full-featured Riffyn SDE account to create and openly share reusable experimental methods and data on the platform….”