An Introduction to NCBI Cloud Computing for Biologists

An Introduction to NCBI Cloud Computing for Biologists

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As DNA sequencing becomes a commonplace tool in biological research, the need for accessible, scalable, and secure computational environments to process this deluge of data is growing. NCBI has partnered with leading cloud computing providers to provide tools and data to this growing industry. This workshop is designed for experimental biologists without cloud computing experience. While not required, it is most useful for researchers who do sequence-based research and who have some familiarity interacting with a Linux command-line.

In this online, interactive workshop you will learn how to:

  • Navigate the AWS cloud console page and understand how to access and use some popular console-based tools.
  • Access and mine metadata for information in the NCBI SRA database to select an interesting dataset for further study using the AWS Athena service.
  • Retrieve SRA sequence data and perform a sequence alignment analysis using the containerized NCBI tool MagicBLAST.
  • Visualize the aligned data against the wealth of information in NCBI databases by uploading it to the NCBI Genome Data Viewer browser application.

NOTE: This is an introductory workshop. This workshop was NOT designed for experienced cloud users or developers.

Due to curricular and technical limits, we’ve capped the number of spots to provide the best workshop experience. If you register to apply, you will be notified of your application status approximately 2 weeks before the scheduled event.

We recommend having access to a stable internet connection and modern web browser on a laptop or desktop computer to be able to successfully participate in the hands-on exercises.

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2021-11-16 @ 01:00 PM to
2021-11-16 @ 04:00 PM

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