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WK01:  Bioinformatics training in the FAIR era
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10:15 am - 12:35 pm Room: TBA
Organized by the ISCB Education Committee:

Dr. Annette McGrath is a principal research scientist at CSIRO Data61, Australia. She has been actively involved in developing and delivering national bioinformatics training programs in Australia. She is an executive on GOBLET, ABACBS and a member of the ISCB Education committee.

Dr. Michelle D. Brazas is the Senior Program Manager for Adaptive Oncology at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. She was previously the lead for the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (bioinformatics.ca) and Manager of Bioinformatics Education at OICR. She is also an executive on GOBLET and a member of the ISCB Board of Directors and Education committees.

Presentation Overview:

In recent years, there has been a growing focus on the necessity of making published research data easier to discover and reuse for subsequent analyses by other researchers. This is not limited to the life sciences. Open data sharing is a core principle of many public research funding bodies worldwide. Discovery and accessibility of research data is essential to enable others to perform subsequent downstream analyses and integration of data. This means that research data can generate value in the research community for research far beyond the original author lab and focus. International efforts have recently culminated in the publication of the FAIR DATA principles in 2016. FAIR stands for “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable”. These principles act as guidelines for best practices in data stewardship for those who wish to enhance the discoverability and reusability of their research data. These principles have received worldwide recognition by organisations such as FORCE11, NIH, ELIXIR and the European Commission as a useful framework to maximise data sharing and use and reuse.

With the steep drop in the cost of generating data, life scientists are generating ever increasing amounts of data via next generation sequencing and other activities. Training life scientists in the analysis of these datasets, particularly sequencing data, is a core activity for a large proportion of the bioinformatics training and education community. As a community, we spend a great deal of time teaching people how to analyze data using specific tools and best practices workflows for these types of data. However, it is commonplace for some researchers, to take the resulting gene sets or conclusions forward to further experiments but place little further thought on the raw data from which they gained these insights.

Against the backdrop of reusable data and good data stewardship practices, are our training programs keeping pace with the changing landscape? Are bioinformatics trainers aware of these international initiatives in data use and reuse? As trainers are we equipping our students to make the most of their own data by understanding both the value of their own data and its potential value to others? What steps are we taking to help trainees better manage and value their data?

Through a series of presentation showcasing current practices in and identifying future needs in better data practices to enable reuse of research data within the life science community, this workshop aims to highlight how we as a community can be most effective in bringing best practices in data management to trainees and students in educational environments.

This workshop will consist of three presentations on topics ranging from the basics of FAIR principles, how we can apply these to bioinformatics training programs, examples of application and how we can further FAIR principles by teaching workshops on FAIR principles.

Part A: What is FAIR and why we should be aware of it?

Speaker: Ben Busby, NCBI, United States
Session Description:

This session gives an overview of FAIR and why we need to be aware of it in bioinformatics education specifically: how can bioinformatics training programs embody FAIR principles?

Part B: The Data Carpentry model

Speaker: Erin Becker, Associate Director of The Carpentries, United States
Session Description:

This session describes what Data Carpentry does with respect to embodying FAIR principles, and what are its future plans.

Part C: FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship

Speaker: Michel Dumontier, Maastricht University, Netherlands
Session Description:

Michel will discuss his recent paper “FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship”. Michel will dive into FAIR principles as applied to teaching and training on FAIR principles.

Part D: Panel: Experience Exchange: Growing awareness of the value of data and its reuse and what role we as trainers, play in this effort.
(25 min)

Moderator: Michelle Brazas, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Speaker: Ben Busby, NCBI, United States
Speaker: Erin Becker, Associate Director of The Carpentries
Speaker: Michel Dumontier

Session Description:

This panel session will be a forum for discussion and exchange of strategies and approaches for ideas for how we can further enhance the understanding and appreciate a data lifecycle among life science trainees and students and equip them to enable this


WK02:  Bioinformatics Core Workshop:
Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Room: TBA

Brent Richter, Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals, United States