[2020 Oct] The Bioinformatics of Tomorrow... Today (ASHG 2020)

Derek Caetano-Anolles
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On Oct 30, 2020, instructors from the Broad Institute released materials for a virtual Terra course as a part of the American Society of Human Genetics


The bioinformatics of tomorrow… today 

Practice finding and analyzing data in the cloud with Gen3, Dockstore and Terra


The era of big data for biomedical research is here. Massive data sets and cloud-based platforms will enable breakthrough discoveries by overcoming challenges of cost, accessibility, and security. If your analysis process basically works, the idea of wrangling huge data sets and configuring complex tools in an unfamiliar computational environment can seem like too much effort.


Moving your analysis to the cloud is certainly a shift in how you manage and process data. But working in the cloud isn’t as different as you might think, and the benefits are well worth the effort. In this workshop, we will guide you through a research journey with the NHGRI Genomic Data Science Analysis, Visualization and Informatics Lab-space (AnVIL) resource that brings together several interoperable components being built for researchers with little or no computational experience. 


Through live demonstrations - tailored so you can follow along - you will learn how to: 

  • Find and access data in the Gen3 Data Commons
  • Locate analysis tools in the Dockstore repository
  • Bring these data and tools together into a computational workspace in Terra
  • Run automated, reproducible analysis pipelines in a powerful cloud computing environment


While we will work in the context of AnVIL, you will be able to apply your new skills to myriad other genomic-related data sets and tools. And the best part is you will learn how to do all of this without needing to be a programming expert.




To follow along with the workshop, please access the course via ASHG's site here.



Further Resources

For more information on Terra, visit https://terra.bio/



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