What happened

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Events and decisions in reverse chronological order:


  • A new DISC assembly meeting will be organized.


  • We had the first DTL Focus Meeting, on peak capacity needs for compute infrastructure.


  • We are turning the organization from "talking about how we want to run DTL and DISC" into "running DTL and DISC as we discussed"


  • A call for "hotels" is made: who is willing to offer services to life scientists?
  • ZonMW/ALW will fund some small projects for the hotels servicing new customers (total 750k Euro).


  • The DISC Coordination team has scheduled more regular skype calls every 2 weeks
  • The second DTL "begeleidingsgroep" meeting agrees with the proposed structure of DTL. DTL will now be incorporated as a "stichting" under Dutch law.


  • The DISC Assembly met at the NBIC2013 conference. The major achievement of the meeting was to present all those involved to the newly interested people that joined the meeting.
  • DTL will be involved in a life science technology call of ZonMW and DTL


  • On January 24, we had a DISC meeting as well as a DISC CT meeting. At the DISC meeting we discussed the relationship between DTL and DISC, and the progress inside DISC towards becoming an ELIXIR node.
  • We have decided to make standard "flyers" for all of the things we have to offer. Our priority will be to write the flyers that are needed to make our ELIXIR proposal more concrete. We will be using four large example projects as data stewardship use-cases, examine the strengths present in DISC and write those up. DISC CT members will be in contact with the different Work-package leaders about this.


  • There is a slight change in the organizational structure of DISC. To address the concern that not all projects will have influence and contributors from the health-care, agro and industrial sectors, DISC and DTL will contain separate sectors that can each run their own projects. The communication between the sectors will be performed by sector integrators. Each sector will have a small team of technical project leaders that will keep the projects in the sector running. For technologies that are used in multiple sectors, we will have technology integrators that coordinate the use of the technology to prevent overlap and organize joint meetings.



  • On October 31st, DTL was officially founded
  • The DISC stakeholders have selected a coordination team (CT). CT members promise to spend one day per week on DISC development.
  • A business plan for the eScienceCenter directorate must be written to defend DISC and the landing of the Engineering Team at eScienceCenter.


  • It is clarified that the Dutch contribution to ELIXIR will be a subset of DISC. ELIXIR is mainly bioinformatics, and that is only a part of what DISC offers.


  • DISC will be a part of DTL. There was a significant overlap in both partnerships. DISC will function as the data department of DTL


  • At the NBIC2012 conference, a DISC stakeholder meeting was held. This was the first DISC meeting. Further meetings are taking place regularly since then.


  • A demand for government money to start up DISC is not honored. This is initially seen as a big setback, but it also has a good side: if we would have had a lump sum, people would have said that we could not ask for more. Lacking any central funding, we are in a good position to discuss in a political climate that all grant proposals should contain a proper data stewardship plan.


  • Elixir initiative is set up. All people dealing with biological data in The Netherlands are reporting their level of expertise in the expertise matrix.