Three years of IGAD: progression and evolution

This guest post is contributed by Imma Subirats & Jenny Knighton, both of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Imma is the co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD), which is the subject of this post. She is also an advisor to the OKAD channel on […]

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Antibody Validation: who’s responsibility is it?

The quality assurance and confidence in commercially available antibodies is something researchers naturally expect. Antibodies are a mainstay reagent in laboratories globally, but despite their abundant use they’re often the source of experimental torment. Inconsistencies in antibody catalogues and batch-to-batch variability means sometimes researchers are unable to reliably provide expected results and this uncertainty ultimately […]

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A call for papeRs

This year is the 40th anniversary of S, the ancestor of R – the open source language that has become an indispensable tool to the life sciences. It is also the 15th anniversary of Bioconductor, the software project focussing on the analysis of high-throughput genomic data, which is built on R. To mark these occasions […]

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Preprints – dipping a toe in the water

There is a sense amongst a select group of individuals that the tide is turning with respect to how and when research should be made available. Last month our founder Vitek Tracz joined a mix of academics, publishers and funders who all convened at the well-publicised ASAPBio meeting to discuss the best ways in […]

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