Hello GCC2016 Participants!
This email contains what you need to know between now and the start of
GCC2016 events this weekend:
- Conference check-in
- Getting to Bloomington
- Lodging check-in
- Training: Required software
- Training: Office hours
- Call for BoFs
- Announced BoFs
See you in Bloomington!
The GCC2016 Exec
Carrie Ganote, Chris Hemmerich, Dave Clements, Marilyne Summo, and Robert
*Before you leave*
Be prepared and pack for temperatures as high as 92F (33C) and as low as
58F (14C). Expect a mix of sunshine and rain in the next week.
*Getting to Bloomington*If you are flying into Indianapolis International
Airport, there are two shuttle companies that provide transport to
1. GO Express Travel
This service stops at the IMU and the Wilkie Residence Hall. The last
shuttle leaves the airport at 10:40pm.
2. Star of America Shuttle
This service stops at the IMU. If you are staying at the Wilkie Residence
Hall, the closest stop is Read Hall. The last shuttle leaves the airport at
See the online map <http://bit.ly/gcc2016map>
for building locations.
Please stop by the conference desk to pick up your badge, program, and
other conference materials. You’ll need that badge to attend GCC2016
events. The conference desk will be open at these times:
Fri 6–9:00pm, East Lounge, main level, Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)
Sat 9am–9pm, Lobby, Wells Library
Sun 8am–9pm, Conference Room, main level, IMU
Mon 8am–6pm, Conference Room, main level, IMU
6:45–9pm, Lobby, Cyberinfrastructure Building, during opening
Tue 8am–6pm, Alumni Hall, first floor, IMU
Wed 8am–6pm, Alumni Hall, first floor, IMU
See the online map <http://bit.ly/gcc2016map>
for building locations.
The Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel and Conference Center desk is open
24 hours. The Wilkie Residence Hall center desk is located in the North
Building and is open 8am–midnight on weekdays and 10am–midnight on
weekends. If you arrive after hours, please push the black button on the
phone outside the residence hall. Punch in 6-4804 (will be posted by the
phone) and the staff member on duty will come right down to help.
Upon check-in at either facility, you will receive a welcome letter that
includes the conference/registration desk schedule and a few other details.
For those arriving before Saturday, see the special Friday conference desk
hours above, they are not listed in your welcome letter.
Parking is free at both the IMU (in designated parking lots) and at Wilkie
in designated parking lots (request a parking pass for CH spots at the
Wilkie center desk).
*Be kind to your fellow attendees:*
If you are staying at the IMU and don’t have a car, please ask for a
parking permit anyway. Bring this permit with you to the conference
check-in desk. We’ll offer the permits up to attendees who need parking but
aren’t staying at the IMU.
*Training: Required software*
Sunday and continues on Monday. There are 31 sessions offered over the two
days. See your registration confirmation email for the training sessions
you signed up for. Many of the training sessions require specific software
installed on your laptop to fully participate in them.
*Practically every session requires a Wi-Fi enabled laptop with either
installed.* If you don’t have
either of these web browsers installed, please install at least one of them
before training starts.
These Deploy and Develop sessions
require that you have a running copy of the conference virtual machine (VM)
- Writing and publishing Galaxy tools <http://sched.co/5Y5Z>
- Introduction to Galaxy interactive environments <http://sched.co/5Y5e>
- Advanced topics in Galaxy tool development <http://sched.co/5Yg5>
- Advanced topics in Galaxy interactive environments
- Scripting Galaxy using the API and BioBlend <http://sched.co/5Yzl>
- BioinforMagic: Marrying Galaxy and Bioconductor <http://sched.co/5VsB>
If you are participating in any of these sessions, please follow these
to download and install the VM in VirtualBox
If you don’t already have VirtualBox on your laptop, you will need to
install that too. *Note that the VM is large (over 3GB). We encourage you
to download the image <https://images.galaxyproject.org/planemo/latest.ova>
before leaving for the conference, if at all possible.*
A few other sessions also require some installed software. The instructors
for these sessions will contact participants directly.
*Training: Office hours*
To help people get set up in advance, there will be a training office hour
session the night before each day of training. Drop by if you want help
installing and configuring required software, or just to check that
everything is working. The two training office hours sessions will be
Both sessions will be in the Hoosier room on the main level of the IMU,
which is just down the hall from where the training sessions will be held
the following day. Our goal is to have everyone ready to go when the first
training session starts each morning. And, if you are VM, VirtualBox,
Docker, or generally systems proficient, think about stopping by and
lending a hand.
*Call for BoFs*
Birds-of-a-feather (BoF) meetups
gatherings at GCC where attendees with a shared interest meet to discuss
their interests and challenges. *If you have an idea for a BoF, post it
The conference will provide space and make sure that attendees get the
word. BoFs will be added to the conference schedule website
as they come
in, and BoF meeting times will be assigned in the coming weeks. Last year's
BoFs spanned a wide range of topics and were highly recommended in the
conference evaluations. Let’s outdo ourselves again this year.
Three BoFs have already been added to the conference. Locations and times
for these three will be set before training starts on Sunday.
1. European Galaxy developer school <http://sched.co/7Vi5>
A developer school is planned to open in January 2017, in Strasbourg
(France), organized by Elixir (European bioinformatics HUB) and the French
Institute of Bioinformatics (the Elixir French national node). This BoF is
a discussion on which training modules to propose.
Sign up now <http://sched.co/7Vi5>
2. Application containers for the win! <http://sched.co/7UVB>
Monday, June 27, 11:30am-12:30pm
*Application portability conundrum of Galactic proportions.*
Using application containers for portability, especially overcoming
Toolshed build issues.
The wonderful, but checkered history of Toolshed distribution of galaxy
tools has had its share of delights and frustrations, the latter often
attributed to Linux distribution issues, but nevertheless big time sinks.
While a lot of work in the Galaxy ecosystem is being done towards
Dockerizing everything some sites have no opportunity to run Docker. Let's
talk about some other possibilities focused on the application portability
to try to make toolshed tool distribution as painless as possible.
Sign up now <http://sched.co/7UVB>
3. GalaxyAdmins <http://sched.co/7KLn>
Tuesday, June 28, 12:40pm-1:40pm
The GalaxyAdmins community
meets in person
every year at GCC and online every other month during the rest of the year.
If you administer a Galaxy instance, please help shape the future direction
of the group and to set action items for the coming year.
Sign up now <http://sched.co/7KLn>
Coding and data hackathons <https://gcc2016.iu.edu/hacks/index.php>
on Saturday morning. Hackathon organizers will be in direct contact with
you on Saturday and Sunday morning to let you know what to do in
preparation for these events.
Conference sponsors <https://gcc2016.iu.edu/sponsors/index.php>
partners in the Galaxy community and are absolutely vital in making event
registration affordable. In acknowledgement, we are highlighting different
sponsors in each email.
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