2015 was a great year for DNAdigest! We organised more events, welcomed more volunteers to the team and increased our output of online communications and blog generation! It has been a joy to watch our followers and online community grow with us and as we approach Christmas and the end of the year, we want to dedicate this blog post to looking back over 2015 and celebrate the achievements we made together!




February 28th – DNAdigest Hackday
Only 2 months into 2015 and we hosted our first hackday. We invited our followers and the local scientific community to a day of brainstorming, ideation and hacking for the benefit of genetics research. Held in the our new office at the Future Business Centre in Cambridge, we welcomed and encouraged geneticists, bioinformaticians, software developers and anyone with a interest in public genomic datasets to join forces. Together we addressed how to make a ‘recommendation service’ that will recommend datasets that a person may find interesting based on their dataset access history and how to make an automated alert system that notifies a user when a new dataset is added or made available.
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August 21st – DNAdigest Symposium
In August we welcomed academic and corporate researches, representatives from new data sharing platforms and initiatives and policy makers to Wayra in London to discuss ‘how can we incentivise best practices for data sharing in genomics?’ With such speakers as PLoS, Wellcome Trust, Almetric, Figshare and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), we discussed what are the reasons to share data and the hurdles to overcome. With several workshops and open discussions, together we came up with multiple idea’s to help make open science and data sharing not only a reality but common practice.
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October 21st – 22nd – BioData World Congress
In October DNAdigest proudly became media sponsors for BioData World Congress at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton. The 2 day event saw multiple organisations showcase innovation and expertise and together we created solutions to maximise the amount of usable intelligence from big data – and then act upon it. With the help of the Babraham institute, BIA, BioNow, the Pharmacogenetics & Stratfield Medicine Network and the Pistoia Alliance the event examined the science and technology that is shaping and revolutionising our understanding of complex biological processes. Together we reviewed the roadblocks and critical success factors in the utilisation of genomic data in personalised healthcare. Whilst attending a stand at the event DNAdigest also asked attendees to complete a survey on their data searching, accessing and sharing habits.
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December 11 – DNAdigest and ContentMine Hackday
We ended the year how it began, with another Hackday, but this time at EBI-EMBL at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Hinxton. DNAdigest and ContentMine co-organised this hackday to explore a new text-mining tool by ContentMine to manually transcribe data from graphs, find citations or authors or scan open-access journals for a particular word or phrase. DNAdigest explored if ContentMine could be used to automatically extract references to genomic datasets from new journal publications and together with other attendees we brainstormed and tested various use-case scenarios. At the end of the hackday we had the pleasure of giving away 3 DNAdigest T-shirts the best ideas.
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The DNAdigest team would like to take this moment to say thank you, to all of our followers and readers for your support. May your Holiday season and New Year be filled with much joy, happiness and success.