February 2017

13 Mar 2017 - Finding & accessing human genomic data workshop

Monday 13th March 2017

Finding and accessing human genomic data

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

Cost: FREE

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Researchers rely on acquiring external data to validate, benchmark and supplement research findings. Funders require researchers to make their datasets accessible for further reuse.

The goal of this workshop is to bring to the fore existing challenges with genomic data access and reuse. We will introduce a number of tools and resources to simplify #dataaccess and #datasharing.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Target audience

  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here


Number of sessions: 1 Date: Mon 13 Mar Time: 09:30 - 12:30 Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site Trainer: Manuel Corpas

About Manuel Corpas

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Manuel Corpas - Scientific Lead at Repositive. Manuel has done pioneering work in exploring his personal genome, through direct to consumer genomic testing and online international collaboration. He crowdfunded the DNA sequencing for both himself and his family, and he was the first to publish the complete collection of genomic data for his family online as Open Access. Manuel was previously Project Leader for plant and animal genomes at TGAC (now Earlham Institute), and his earlier roles included Sanger, EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) and the Spanish National Bioinformatics Centre. Alongside his role at TGAC/Earlham, Manuel was also the ELIXIR-UK Technical Coordinator and board director of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Read more about Manuel.


After this course you should be able to:

  • Find all genomics data available for a particular condition (e.g. disease, healthy state, controls, validation studies)
  • Understand the most suitable genomics repository for your needs
  • Submit data to genomics repositories following best practices


During this workshop you will learn about:

  • Current challenges in data sharing, focusing especially on researchers studying human genomic datasets
  • A number of tools and resources for finding, accessing and sharing genomic data: Repositive, EGA (European Genome Phenome Archive), dbGaP, GigaScience, Nature Scientific Data and figshare
  • Best practices for using data to power hypothesis testing and maximising research impact




0.5 day


Once a year


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