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The First Italian Citizen Science Conference

The First Italian Citizen Science Conference will take place in Rome on November 23-25, 2017 at the National Research Council. Three full days and 43 speakers to make the point on the state of the art in Italy of this new approach to science and to environmental sciences in particular. Several significant Italian projects will be presented in the l...

New Phyto VRE to be presented at 52° EMBS

A dedicated LifeWatch Italy's booth welcomes participants of the 52° European Marine Biology Symposium (Piran, 25-29 September 2017) and guiding them to discover the first demonstration of the Phyto Virtual Research Environment. The Phyto VRE, one of the components of the Marine VRE, is a web collaborative working environment addressing researcher...

ITSoneDB, the 1st reference database aimed at ITS1-based metagenomic surveys

The increasing amount of worldwide environmental sequencing initiatives are enabling an unprecedented discovery of new microorganisms and biological functions, of their interactions, adaptation mechanisms and role in driving global ecological cycles. Only in recent times the metagenomic approach, used in these studies, has been aimed at the intrigu...

Report | Ontology & Semantic Web for Research

From 11 to 14 July 2017, thirty researchers and experts from all over Europe gathered in Lecce for workshop Ontology & Semantic Web for Research, hosted in the fascinating framework of Monastero degli Olivetani (University of Salento). The workshop, organised by LifeWatch Service Centre, LifeWatch Italy and EUDAT1, constituted a great chance f...

LifeWatch Endemisms Thesaurus: a first reference attempt

From the classic works on Biogeography to the more recent contributions, several authors have been using new terms to describe endemic traits. During the years, these terms have often been proposed with different, and sometimes ambiguous definitions. Since the importance of endemism in terms of e.g. ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology, L...