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Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre – Information Management




PhD Course: Managing life science information


25-29 May 2009, Science Park, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Ammar Benabdelkader, Peter Boncz, Andrew Gibson, Frank van Harmelen, Ivan Herman, M. Scott Marshall, Marco Roos, Morris Swertz

Guest lecturers

Mark Wilkinson, Carole Goble, Katy Wolstencroft, Alan Ruttenberg


M. Scott Marshall, Marco Roos


Informatics Institute, F0.09, Science Park Amsterdam, the Netherlands


For participants without their own laptop with wifi we have limited hands-on facilities

Course credits and grading

The total studyload of the course is 3 EC. There will not be a written examination. Participants will get a final assignment to take home and finish in the weeks after the course.


Considering the complexity of biological systems it is not surprising that the management of life science information is one of the most challenging aspects of bioinformatics. For example, (medical) biologists have compiled over 17 million papers, and well over a thousand databases. In many cases finding and applying the information from these resources is far from trivial. In fact, a majority ends up on a formidable ‘data graveyard’ (how many of the >1000 databases do you know?). Following this course can help you prevent your data or your information management system to follow the same fate.

desdeNBIC: Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre – Information Management.

Tech Trend: Shanzhai « bunnie’s blog

Tech Trend: Shanzhai

The shanzhai of China are a tech trend to keep an eye on. Typically dismissed by popular press as simply the “copycat barons from China”, I think they may have something in common with Hewlett and Packard or Jobs and Wozniak back when they were working out of garages. I’ve heard quite a few stories about the shanzhai while on my most recent trip to China, some of which I will share here.

First, let’s try to understand the cultural context of the word shanzhai. Shanzhai (山寨) comes from the Chinese words “mountain fortress”. The literal translation is a bit misleading. The English term “fortress” connotes a fortified structure or stronghold that is large, perhaps conjuring imagery of castle turrets and moats. On the other hand, the denotation simply states that it is simply a fortified place. This latter denotation is closer to the original meaning from Chinese; in fact, the fortress they are referring to is closer to a cave or guerrilla-style hideout. In its contemporary context, shanzhai is a historical allusion to the legends that dwelled within. One such legend is the 12th-century story of the 108 bandits of Song Jiang. It is still a popular tale today; my father recognized it instantly when I asked him about it. A friend of mine described Song Jiang as a sort of Robin Hood meets Che Guevara; Song Jiang was a rebel and a soldier of fortune, yet selfless and kind to those in need.

desdeTech Trend: Shanzhai « bunnie’s blog.

World Wide Web Consortium – Oficina Española

El W3C invita a los desarrolladores a asistir a los “Camps” de Widgets Móviles y Web Social dentro del WWW2009 (07/04/2009)






El W3C invita a todos a asistir a los foros del W3C, que tendrán lugar en Madrid el 23 y 24 de abril de 2009. Durante la primera jornada de estos foros, enmarcados dentro del WWW2009, se celebrará un “camp” de widgets móviles y, el segundo día, habrá un “camp” de Web social. Se anima a los participantes en el congreso y a la comunidad local de desarrolladores a que propongan temas de debate por adelantado a través de los wikis de los foros del W3C. Además de estos “camps”, Tim Berners-Lee (Director del W3C e inventor de la Web) dará el discurso de apertura del WWW2009, titulado “Twenty Years: Looking Forward, Looking Back” (Veinte años: mirando hacia el futuro y hacia el pasado). Lee la nota de prensa.

desdeWorld Wide Web Consortium – Oficina Española.

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