Tag: services and resources

  • "Institutions like SIB play a key role in supporting our country's leading position"

    At the occasion of SIB's 20th birthday, we asked Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) what has made SIB eligible for federal funding over the past years, and how was Switzerland positioned...

  • A brief history of SIB

    With the creation of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in 1998, Switzerland made a historical move and positioned itself as a pioneer in the field of data science.

  • A look back on the 13th edition of [BC]2

    Last week, the 13th edition of the Basel Computational Biology Conference, co-organized by SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the Biozentrum University of Basel, gathered over 500 participants from all over the globe. Among them,...

  • A sustainable funding model for core data resources in the life sciences

    A recent study by the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and supported by ELIXIR compares existing funding models and identifies a candidate scheme, according to which the costs of core data resources worldwide could be covered by using less...

  • A toolbox to improve genome annotation

    With thousands of prokaryotic genomes newly sequenced each year, solutions for accurately annotating these genomes and thereby providing the basis for uncovering the function(s) of genes and their encoded proteins are urgently needed.

  • Bioinformatics, a Swiss pride - 20 years of service to the life sciences and health

    Whether we are retracing the history of our ancestors, designing new drugs or understanding what gives Swiss Gruyère its unique flavour, bioinformatics has become an essential discipline.

  • Cracking the ‘dark matter’ in bacterial genomes

    Bacterial genomes are a treasure trove of information, be it for the development of novel antibiotics or the protection of crops against pathogens. A study, led by the group of SIB’s Christian Ahrens at Agroscope, shows that unravelling those...

  • Encouraging knowledge reuse to foster innovation

    Being able to redistribute or reuse parts of scientific knowledge, such as information encoded in biological databases, is an essential driver of innovation. Today, UniProt adopts the Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license to encourage the creation of...

  • First international proposal to sustain core data resources: a revolution in motion

    Some things in life sciences are essential. UniProt, for example, is a world reference resource for protein sequence and function, which receives over 900,000 requests per month. Its expert curated section is mainly maintained and developed by...

  • Gauging the completeness of genomics data with BUSCO

    With ever-lowering sequencing costs, genomic sequencing projects have been initiated for a wide range of organisms, but the vast majority of genomes currently exist in the form of draft assemblies.

  • How best to fund knowledgebases? An ELIXIR webinar

    To ensure the preservation of life science knowledge on the long term, innovative funding models for knowledgebases such as UniProt must be found. SIB conducted a study addressing this very topic...

  • Increasing the impact of SIB’s bioinformatics resources

    What does it imply to increase the impact of a bioinformatics resource when its scientific relevance is already established and recognized? Since February 2018, a dedicated SIB team has been working hand-in-hand with resource developers to create a...

  • Our annual activity report, the SIB Profile 2018, is out

    The new edition of the SIB Profile celebrates the 20 years of the Institute (1998-2018).

  • Outcome of SPHN first project call: a focus on SIB-led projects

    The National Steering Board of SPHN has recently approved the 15 projects that will help develop the infrastructure required to make health-related data interoperable and shareable across Switzerland.

  • sciCORE, VITAL-IT & Bioinformatics Core Facility (BCF): ARE YOU A USER?

    Fill the survey & win an Amazon voucher - SIB has commissioned an independent evaluation of its value for the life science community, and its economic impact. To this end, a survey was designed to quantify the impact of SIB's Core Facilities by...

  • SIB 20 years on the cover of SERI NEWS

    The cover of the SERI News' March issue (the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation's magazine) is dedicated to SIB, a research infrastructure of national importance, at the occasion of its 20th anniversary.

  • SIB is part of a global coalition to sustain core data resources

    The advancement of science, medicine and the society as a whole depends on crucial data resources, such as DNA sequence repositories or protein knowledgebases.However the clock is ticking for most of these resources, as only a fraction benefit from...

  • SIB strengthens its capacities in data security and developments for the health sector

    The start of a new academic year is always a good time to engage in strategic thinking. What are the major themes for SIB's development? Where will SIB be adding value in the years to come? Following the directions set out in SIB's Roadmap, over...

  • SIB, a national bioinformatics organization model

    "SIB has become a reference throughout Europe with regard to its structure and organization, and the Institute is frequently approached by countries seeking guidance to create their own national bioinformatics infrastructure."

  • SIB’s Swiss-Prot Group co-director Alan Bridge on the future of biocuration

    As announced in May, Alan Bridge is taking up the co-director role of SIB’s Swiss-Prot Group, thus succeeding to Lydie Bougueleret. He gives us his vision of the future for a unique profession, biocuration, and for the Swiss-Prot Group, one of its...

  • SourceData is making data discoverable

    A push for a paradigm change in scientific publication. Bringing to the surface information buried in the figures of scientific papers: this is the purpose of SourceData, an open-access platform developed by EMBO in collaboration with the SIB Swiss...

  • STRING-database overall best-performing network resource according to a Californian study

    With over 20,000 protein-coding genes in humans, discovering those that are linked to a given disease amounts to finding a molecular needle in a haystack.

  • Taming the BEAST – A community teaching material resource for BEAST 2

    As the amount of sequencing data increases there is a growing demand for the skills and experience to confidently conduct phylogenetic and phylodynamic analyses. PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from Prof. Stadler’s group launched an...

  • Technology coordination

    What we do The group works in close cooperation with technology and infrastructure provides and competence centres such as Vital-IT/Swiss-Prot and sciCORE to combine forces wherever necessary and practical. Additionally, the group advises SIB on...

  • The new SIB Profile is out

    The last year has been full of developments for SIB, from biocuration, with SIB hosting the 9th International Biocuration Conference, to several projects in personalized health and many more scientific advances...

  • The Swiss Data Science Center and SIB are joining forces to build a secure data processing environment for personalized health research in Switzerland

    The Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) and SIB are teaming up on developing software platforms, services and best practices for privacy-conscious data-driven science in the context of SPHN.

  • Two new SIB bioinformatics resources for viruses and lipids

    V-Pipe – an emerging tool to help virus genomics investigations –, and SwissLipids – a comprehensive knowledgebase of lipids – recently joined the ranks of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics resources. They are filling important gaps in the...

  • Two SIB knowledge bases deemed essential for the life sciences

    At the end of a stringent selection process led by ELIXIR at European level, two core data resources of SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics have been singled out as of crucial importance for life sciences

  • Virus bioinformatics on the rise: SIB is among the founders of a dedicated European Centre

    Most of today's bioinformatics is focused on bacteria and eukaryotic model organisms, while there is an urgent need for applying and developing computational approaches in the field of virology. With the founding of the European Virus...