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NMDC Community Conversation – Flowing into Shared Data: Advantages and disadvantages of easily distributable containerized open source bioinformatics workflows
This webinar focuses on the benefits of using standardized workflows. NMDC has created a set of gold-standard workflows for multi-omics data that are containerized, have WDLs, and are available in GitHub. This standardization enables execution of the workflows on platforms like the DOE Systems Knowledgebase (KBase), EDGE, the cloud, and high-performance computing systems. Data processed with the same workflows enables more straightforward comparisons because the multitude of parameters were set the same way, and the same underlying heuristics were applied to process each file. The panelists will discuss the advantages of containerization and open source tools for computing.

Alicia Clum currently supervises the Genome Assembly and Analysis team at the Joint Genome Institute. She has expertise in genome assembly, sequencing technologies, and high performance computing.

Dr. Steve Tsang is a Health Scientist and a Program Officer in the Office of Data Science and Emerging Technologies at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (ODSET, NIAID). Prior to joining NIAID, He has expertise in developing use cases in leveraging containerization and workflow management for FAIR and reproducible computational analysis.

Kyle Chard is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago. He co-leads the Globus Labs research group, which focuses on a broad range of research problems in data-intensive computing and research data management.

Danny Park is the Group Leader for Viral Computational Genomics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Under the direction of Pardis Sabeti, Danny leads genomic analyses and the development of computational methods for viral projects in the lab and directs the implementation of computational pipelines for use both at the Broad and at collaborating research institutions in Africa.

Jan 12, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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