Wednesday, 16 March 2011

NGS at the JISC conference

On Monday several of the NGS staff headed over to Liverpool for the annual JISC conference which was held in the rather impressive BT Convention Centre on the river front.
I was there early to get our stand set up and, once our furniture turned up and sticky stuff was obtained for the posters (even though we had been told the poster boards were velcro compatible!), we were ready to go.

It was good to see so many familiar faces at the event even though for us the JISC conference is a bit of an "oddity" as it doesn't contain a huge number of our target audience. We had a chance to catch up with some collaborators from different parts of the country including Northern Ireland and Scotland and of course our JISC funders.

Tuesday morning saw our parallel session take place entitled "Increasing research efficiency through the NGS" with two gues speakers. Our technical director, David Wallom, opened the session with a brief presentation on what the NGS is / does and also covered our Cloud resources which are definitely a hot topic at the moment!

Our guest speakers were Ian Dunlop, University of Manchester, who presented "e-Infrastructure for Social Science data: Obesity e-Lab & MethodBox" and Susana Sansone, University of Oxford, who presented "ISA Infrastructure - Standards and Software for Annotating, Managing and Sharing Life Science Investigations". Copies of both their presentations are available from the "goodie bag" page for the NGS session.

Full details of the JISC annual conference including all the presentations from the event can be found on the JISC conference event page.

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