FigShare: Scientific file sharing

In January 2012, FigShare was relaunched, in collaboration with Digital Science. FigShare is a scientific file sharing platform, rather than a data repository, such as Dryad.

“Figshare allows researchers to publish all of their research outputs in seconds in an easily citable, sharable and discoverable manner. All file formats can be published, including videos and datasets that are often demoted to the supplemental materials section in current publishing models.”

OpenHelix now available

With the Library’s subscription to OpenHelix, UIUC researchers have access to over 100 tutorial suites on web-based bioinformatics and genomics resources, such as BLAST, dbSNP, Ensembl, PubMed, TAIR, and UCSC Genome Browser. To access OpenHelix, search for it in the Library’s Online Journals and Databases resource.

OpenHelix also provides a search portal to OpenHelix tutorials and hundreds of other bioinformatics resources to help you find those most relevant to you. The OpenHelix Blog is also frequently updated.

Check out this new resource from the University Library!

Scholarly Commons’ Data Consulting

Feb 2, 2012

The Library and ATLAS (Applied Technologies for Learning in the Arts and Sciences) are teaming up to offer data consultation hours this spring in the Scholarly Commons within the Main Library.

The spring semester hours are: 1:00-4:00pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (in 328 Main Library) 3:00-6:00pm Wednesdays (in 314 Main Library)

Services include:

  • acquiring data sets needed for teaching and research;
  • locating, downloading and preparing data for secondary analysis; and
  • identifying and creating course materials and teaching tools

The consultation hours on Wednesday will be in 314 Main Library, which is a small computer lab, to allow for more hands-on work with software, such as ArcGIS, SAS and SPSS.

For more information, visit the Scholarly Commons’ Data Services page

ISA Commons

As described on the ISA Commons site , “The ISA Commons is a growing community that uses the ISA metadata tracking framework to facilitate standards-compliant collection, curation, management and reuse of datasets in an increasingly diverse set of life science domains.” ISA refers to the “Investigation” (the project context), “Study” (a unit of research), and “Assay” (analytical measurement) metadata categories. The ISA framework has two elements : (1) the general-purpose ISA-Tab file format, and (2) the desktop ISA software suite.

In the February 2012 issue of Nature Genetics , the commentary ” Toward interoperable bioscience data ” presents ISA Commons.