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A short text explaining why data should be citable and how to do it. This manifesto was conducted during the ‘Beyond the PDF’ conference in Amsterdam, 20 March 2013 (more info on the conference here: Sign this manifesto if you agree and spread it!

The Amsterdam Manifesto on Data Citation Principles


We wish to promote best practice in data citation, to facilitate access to data sets, and to enable attribution and reward for those who publish data. To that end, we propose:

1. Data should be considered citable products of research.

2. Such data should be held in persistent public repositories.

3. If a publication is based on data not included in the text, those data should be cited in the publication.

4. A data citation in a publication should resemble a bibliographic citation.

5. A data citation should include a unique persistent identifier (a DataCite DOI recommended, unless other persistent identifiers are in use within the community).

6. The identifier should resolve to provide either direct access to the data or information on accessibility.

7. If data citation supports versioning of the data set, it should provide a method to access all the versions.

8. Data citation should support attribution of credit to all contributors.

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We invite you to read the Manifesto and sign it, if you wish to show your support.

We also invite you to share this site [url website] with your contacts, colleagues and friends.


This Manifesto has been produced within the context of the ‘Beyond the PDF’ conference in Amsterdam, 20 March 2013.


This is an awful conference poster

Posted: 18/03/2013 by arilab in General
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This is an awful conference poster

A bad poster – a negative example, by Colin Purrington. Why is this poster awful:
Also read, how to prepare a nice poster for a conference:

Great blog article with useful advice points for scientists who want to expose their work in the media – and get benefits out of this.

by Philip Cowley

in Ballots & bullets, UoN blog.

Middle and High School … from a Montessori Point of View
From DNA to proteins: A simulation game

Posted March 15, 2013

by Lensyl Urbano!traps/id/f294f009-bb0f-4f14-9e59-e84cf36d2560/jump/6F8OalclK002q6IuLqrA

Why more academics should blog (cuz you can!)

Posted: 14/03/2013 by arilab in General
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by Razib Khan / March 12, 2013

The Forest Genetics Laboratory has a new site, where our contributions in conferences and meetings can be found. Posters, presentations and full papers can be downloaded in pdf format or as picture files. Most presentations can be viewed via Slideshare.

Το Εργαστήριο Δασικής Γενετικής κοινοποιεί μια νέα ιστοσελίδα που περιέχει όλες τις συμμετοχές του εργαστηρίου σε συνέδρια και συναντήσεις από το 2002 μέχρι σήμερα. Πρόκειται για πόστερ, παρουσιάσεις και πλήρεις εργασίες που μπορείτε να δείτε μέσω του slideshare ή να κατεβάσετε σε μορφή pdf ή εικόνας.

6 min silent mowie showing Johannsen in action as teacher and scientist

Wilhelm Johannsen (3 February 1857 – 11 November 1927) was a Danish botanist, plant physiologist and geneticist. His most well-known research concerned so-called pure lines of the self-fertile common bean. He was able to show that even in populations homozygous for all traits, i.e. without genetic variation, seed size followed a normal distribution. This was attributable to resource provision to the mother plant and to the position of seeds in pods and of pods on the plant. This led him to coin the terms phenotype and genotype.

His findings led him to oppose contemporary Darwinists, most notably Francis Galton and Karl Pearson, who held the occurrence of normal distributed trait variation in populations as proof of gradual genetic variation on which selection could act. Only with the modern evolutionary synthesis, was it established that variation needed to be heritable to act as the raw material for selection. The terms phenotype and genotype were created by Wilhelm Johannsen. Johannsen introduced the term gene as well. This term was coined in opposition to the then common pangene that stemmed from Darwin’s theory of pangenesis.

One of the founders of Genetics as a science! His classical experiment with bean size has been ever since the introductory lecture for quantitative genetics.

Info taken from wikipedia: