We are considering offering a Software Carpentry
<https://software-carpentry.org/> / Data Carpentry
<http://www.datacarpentry.org/> *Train the Trainer* workshop immediately
before GCC2016 <http://galaxyproject.org/GCC2016>. This workshop would run
for two days, and accommodate 24 people.
This idea came up at the GCC2015 GTN BoF <http://bit.ly/gcc2015gtnbof>.
Software and Data Carpentry (S/DC) teach scientists core essentials of
programming and data management. Their model is to train and certify
trainers, and then provide a common curriculum and teaching infrastructure
that enables those trainers to teach scientists how to program and manage
We think a S/DC Train the Trainer workshop would be a huge benefit to the
Galaxy Training community for many reasons:
- *The researchers we teach bioinformatics and Galaxy to would also
benefit from learning S/DC*. Becoming certified S/DC instructors would
give us additional (and extremely useful) topics that we could also teach
to our communities.
- *The techniques presented in S/DC Train the Trainer workshops are
equally applicable to bioinformatics and Galaxy training*. Attending a
S/DC TTT workshop would improve the training we already do.
- *The organizational and compute infrastructure supporting S/DC might
make an excellent model for the Galaxy Training Network*. S/DC has
embraced technologies like GitHub for storing, sharing, and maintaining
training materials and best practices. We can learn from their significant
experience to make GTN a much more vibrant community.
*But, Should We?*
However, before we put in the organizational effort (and funds) to make a
Train the Trainer workshop happen at GCC2016, we'd like to know what the
Galaxy Training community thinks of this proposal.
*1. Are S/DC techniques and training methods a good match for Galaxy
We'd especially like to hear from you if are a certified SC or DC
*2. Is the S/DC content a good match for the researchers that we train?*
We'd especially like to hear from anyone who has attended an S/DC workshop.
*3. Might the S/DC organizational and infrastructure make a good model for
*4. Would you likely attend a Train the Trainer workshop before GCC2016?*
The workshop would be in Bloomington, Indiana, most likely offered on
Thursday-Friday, June 23-24. Registration would likely be between US$200
and $300. (And no, that would not cover the costs - the workshop would be
subsidized by some combination of the project and the meeting.)
If and when we decide that this is a good idea, I'll start getting
everything arranged to make this happen. Ideally, we would have a decision
within a week or two.
After watching from afar, I decided to attend last year's GOBLET meeting in
Toronto. I was impressed enough with that meeting to argue that GTN should
become a member of GOBLET in 2015, and thanks to the contributions of 5 GTN
member organizations, GTN is now a member of GOBLET.
The 2015 GOBLET meeting will be in Cape Town in November. GTN will be
represented by Fourie Joubert of the University of Pretoria. Fourie is our
first GTN member in Africa and has been teaching bioinformatics with Galaxy
for several years.
I'd like to start a discussion about the issues that GTN cares about and
how we can help GOBLET, and how GOBLET can help us. Fourie can then raise
whatever issues we identify at the meeting.
If you have items for discussion, please post them to this thread. I'll
post something in the next day or two.
And many thanks to Hans-Rudolf Hotz and Björn Grüning for raising the
GTN/GOBLET 2015 question with me, and to Fourie for agreeing to represent
GTN at this meeting.
If you do metagenomics training, then this may be of interest to you.
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From: Gabriella Rustici <gr231(a)cam.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 2:51 AM
Subject: Metagenomics training materials hackaton - April 2016
To: "all(a)mygoblet.org" <all(a)mygoblet.org>
Dear GOBLET members,
GOBLET and Elixir are planning a joint hackathon for metagenomic training
material re-use, to take place in Copenhagen in April 2016.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together trainers and researchers
working in the field of metagenomics from within Europe and beyond, to
enhance the training network within this field.
The workshop will focus on the curation of training materials in the area
of metagenomics, encompassing appropriate high-throughput sequencing
workflows (genome assembly, annotation and analysis) and related subjects,
such as phylogenetics and comparative genomics.
During the workshop we aim:
- to develop a collection of metagenomics training materials that are
consistently described, to enable sharing and re-use of these materials
across the training community;
- to define an approach for the curation of training materials for
re-use through training portals and repositories such as TeSS and GOBLET;
- to link training materials to tools in the "ELIXIR Tools & Data
In order to achieve this, we would like to invite metagenomics trainers
from GOBLET to participate to this workshop, bring their own training
materials and work collaboratively to annotate them in a consistent manner.
We expect around 30 participants, representing both Elixir and GOBLET, to
attend this event.
If you have developed training materials in the analysis of metagenomics
data and are interested in attending such workshop, please email Gabriella
Rustici (gr231(a)cam.ac.uk) or Sarah Morgan (sarah.morgan(a)ebi.ac.uk) by *Friday
25th September *to state your interest. We would be grateful if you could
also send us a brief description of your training involvement so far.
We look forward to hear from you.
Gabry & Sarah
Gabriella Rustici, PhD
Bioinformatics Training Manager
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Cambridge CB2 3EH
Tel: +44 (0)1223 333614
The latest addition to the GOBLET meeting in Cape Town. Please do respond
to this thread (or one of Björn's) if you are planning to attend any part
of the GOBLET meeting.
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From: Nicola Mulder <nicola.mulder(a)uct.ac.za>
Date: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 1:26 PM
Subject: [Bioinformatics] Bioinformatics Trainer Workshop
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Dear Current and Potential Bioinformatics Trainers
We will be running a Best practices in Bioinformatics Training workshop
organised by the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education
and Training (GOBLET) and H3ABioNet in Cape Town from the 16-17th November.
The first day will cover aspects of teaching and the second day will be
more of an interactive workshop to discuss bioinformatics curricula, course
materials, trainer recognition, etc. This “train-the-trainer” course is
designed for anyone who currently teaches or plans to teach bioinformatics
both in universities as part of degree programs or as short specialised
Attached please find some more details on the workshop, including the
agenda, venue and how to apply. The deadline is *25th September 2015*.
Please forward to anyone who you think may be interested.
Professor Nicola Mulder
Head of Computational Biology Group
H3ABioNet Principal Investigator
University of Cape Town
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
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