E-Science Dictates E-Publication - Nanopublications as a Substrate for In-silico Knowledge Discovery
by Barend Mons, LUMC, EMC, NBIC

In a world of rapidly increasing complexity, interoperability of data is key and 'data publishing' will become the norm. New key technologies have altered our ability to generate massive data sets. And more data have been recognized as crucial data sources for research. Methods have been developed to mine massive data sets from different type of resources. These enormous strides in mining and measurement technologies have resulted in an exponentially growing flood of data: the 'data explosion’' in the life sciences. The increasing complexity also asks for collaborative environments to master the data sets and turn them into insights. Life sciences projects and programmes are increasingly multidisciplinary and international. This brings many complexities in terms of collaboration and data, information and knowledge management far beyond 'one's own laboratory'. The transition to 'e-science' also dictates innovative ways to publish, share and cite valuable datasets. Barend will cover the recent development around nanopublication in the Life Sciences. He will also address  and elaborate on the skills a student of the future need to have.

Barend Mons

Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training and received his PhD on genetic differentiation of malaria parasites from Leiden University. Subsequently he performed over a decade of research on malaria genetics and vaccine development in close collaboration with colleagues in developing countries. He served the research department of the European Commission in this field for 3 years as a seconded national expert and did gain further experience in science management at the Research council of The Netherlands (NWO). Barend was a co founder of three spin-off companies in biotechnological and semantic technologies. In the year 200, Barend switched to the development of semantic technologies to manage big data and he founded the Biosemantics group. At present, Barend is Associate Professor in Bio-Semantics at the at the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Centre with an honorary appointment in the same discipline at the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Centre, University of Rotterdam, both in The Netherlands. He is also Scientific Director of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Center (NBIC), board member of the ELIXIR international board, an executive team member of the Open PHACTS IMI project and e-science integrator for the Life Sciences in the Netherlands e-Science Center. His research is focused on nanopublications as a substrate for in silico knowledge discovery.

This colloquium was organized by NBIC.