Posted by Daniel, March 2017

3 - 5 Apr 2017: NGS, Barcelona

Repositive is delighted to announce our participation at NGS 2017 (Structural Variation and Population Genomics), held 3rd – 5th April, in Barcelona, Spain. Hosted by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), the Next-generation sequencing conference covers a broad range of topics in genome sequencing and analysis.


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Our Scientific Lead, Manuel Corpas, will be contributing to this event in two ways. On the Monday, he will be hosting a Tech Talk titled 'A One-Stop Shop for Finding and Accessing Genomics Data' and on the Wednesday morning, he will hold a unique workshop on 'Finding & accessing human genomic data'. We will also have a poster and a 70 cm Stand featured in the main exhibit area. <br>

<br> ## Mon 3rd Apr. 2017 | 17:24 - 17:39
A One-Stop Shop for Finding and Accessing Genomics Data
Venue: Centre for Genomic Regulation

Main Auditorium, 88 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Talk Description

Common practice suggests that human-origin genome data should be deposited in public repositories for further reuse. Finding and accessing deposited genome datasets, however, is cumbersome, with data and metadata being scattered throughout the internet, annotated inconsistently and often machine unreadable. This provokes a huge loss of opportunities, hence wasting resources and research investment. Manuel will speak about how the Repositive platform is an online portal and community of users that facilitates finding, accessing, and sharing of published genomic data: a one-stop shop to discover and explore a research question’s most relevant genomic datasets. <br>

<br> ## Wed 5th Apr. 2017 | 09:30 - 13:00
Finding and accessing human genomic data
Venue: Centre for Genomic Regulation

Charles Darwin Room, 88 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Cost: €50

Workshop Registration

To register, please use the same registry link as the event. Although the event registation is now closed, organisers are collecting details on new registrations and payment for the workshop can be made on the day.


Workshop Description

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

Note: you will need to bring your own laptop for this workshop.


Target audience

  • Genomic data providers
  • Users of massive genomic datasets
  • Bioinformaticians
  • Data scientists
  • Publishers
  • Data curators

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 genomic data available for a particular condition (e.g. disease, healthy state, controls, validation studies)
  • Understand the most suitable genomic data repository for your needs
  • Submit data to genomic data 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
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