First, Michiel van Galen (Leiden UMC) shared his experiences on applying the Dutch Life Sciences grid within the context of BBMRI-NL. The best practices he and his co-workers learned from this particular project a grid works great when you’re running a production pipeline, i.e. many samples with the same settings. However, programming is not easy, you need to collaborate and work in pairs. Also essential according to van Galen is to start testing as early as possible. But most of all, he urges everyone to think before they start, particularly when it comes to data management. Certainly a sound advice for many things in life.
Next, Ies Nijman (UMC Utrecht) explained how they are tackling data sharing and integration in the Centre for Personalized Cancer Treatment (CPCT), a consortium of seven university medical centres focused on genetic and molecular profiling of tumour samples to enable personalized treatment. Staying within the medical field, David van Enckevort (TraIT project of the Centre for Translational Molecular Medicine) and Anthony Potappel (Vancis) presented how they built a Galaxy cluster as a workbench for experimental research for CTMM researchers and then took care of the tech transfer process from the development stage to the operational stage handled by Vancis.
Finally, Irene Nooren (SURFsara) gave an overview of what SURFsara has to offer to life sciences researchers and especially the latest additions to the portfolio. Key message was that the package covers different services for every stage of the data life cycle, from the preparation phase to running experiments and data collection down to long-term preservation and persistent storage.