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Name of Collaboratory :

 

Biosapiens

 
 

URL :

  http://www.biosapiens.info/  
 

Collaboratory Status :

 
Completed   Start Date : 2004 End Date : 2008 Info Last Updated : Fri, Dec 3 2010 10:00am PST
 
 

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Community Data Systems  
 

Secondary Collaboratory Functions :

  Virtual Learning Community  
 

Domain(s) :

  Bioinformatics  
 

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :

 

The objective of the BIOSAPIENS Network of Excellence was to provide a large-scale, concerted effort to annotate genome data by laboratories distributed around Europe, using both informatics tools and input from experimentalists.

The Network created a European Virtual Institute for Genome Annotation, bringing together many of the best laboratories in Europe. The institute helped to improve bioinformatics research in Europe, by providing a focus for annotation and by the organisation of European meetings and workshops to encourage cooperation, rather than duplication of effort.

An important aspect of the network activities was to try and achieve closer integration between experimentalists and bioinformaticians, through a directed programme of genome analysis, focused on specific biological problems. The annotations generated by the Institute are available in the public domain and easily accessible on their Website, through a distributed annotation system (DAS).

The Institute established a European School of Bioinformatics (which was supposed to be permanent, but has no Web presence since 2009), to train bioinformaticians and to encourage best practise in the exploitation of genome annotation data for biologists. The courses and meetings were open to all scientists throughout Europe, and available at all levels, from basic courses for experimentalists to more advanced training for experts.

The basic European School of Bioinformatics courses were held twice a year, in a different country every time, and were followed, in the same location, by a workshop on one of the topics of interest of the network. It consisted of a six days entry level for inexperienced users and newcomers to the field.

 
 

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Funding Agency or Sponsor :

 
European Commission
 
 
 

Notes on Funding Agencies/Sponsors:

 
 
 
Organizations with Funded Participants:
 
Organization name:
Approx # of participants:
Description of organization's role(s):
BioInfoBank Institute
3
1 PI, 2 Post-Docs/Ph.D.s
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
1
1 PI
Radboud University Nijmegen
   Centre for Molecular and Biomolecular Informatics (CMBI)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
1
1 PI
Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Universita di Roma I (La Sapienza)
   Department of Biochemical Sciences (Universita di Roma I (La Sapienza))
1
1 PI
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
   European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Heidelberg) (EMBL)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
   European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI)
9
5 PIs, 4 Post-Docs/Ph.D.s
Genoscope
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU)
1
1 PI
Institut Pasteur
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
   Institute of Enzymology (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
1
1 PI
Max Planck Society
   Max Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII)
3
1 PI, 2 Post-Docs/Ph.D.s
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
National Research Center for Environment and Health (GSF)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Stockholm University
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Technische Universität Braunschweig
1
1 PI
Universit‡ di Bologna - University of Bologna
3
1 PI, 2 Post-Docs/Ph.D.s
UniversitÈ Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
University College London
3
2 PIs, 1 Post-doc/Ph.D.
University of Geneva
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
University of Helsinki
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
University of Oxford
2
1 PI, 1 Post-Doc/Ph.D.
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
1
1 PI
 
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS:
56
 

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
The Biosapiens Networks has the following management structure:

The coordinator of BioSapiens has responsibility for establishing the network and achieving its objectives, including project reporting and accounting. The coordinator is supported by a project manager, whose role is to provide day-to-day support and implementation of all management and organisational tasks. A Steering Committee, chaired by the Coordinator, oversees the work of the network and assists the coordinator in the management of BioSapiens. The Steering Committee meets at least quarterly.

In addition to the Steering Committee, a Work Package Coordinating Committee and a Training Committee oversee the progress of the work packages and training activities respectively.

The Scientific Advisory Board is a critical part of this network, and includes 12 senior scientists, each representing a different aspect of biology and bringing considerable experimental knowledge and expertise. Their role is to help the network plan its work, and to promote the interactions between the experimental and bioinformatics communities.

   
     
 
 

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