July 25 NCBI Minute: Five Teaching Examples Using NCBI BLAST


Next Wednesday, July 25, 2018, NCBI staff will show you a set of simple teaching examples that use BLAST and related alignment tools at NCBI to explore modern biology concepts and techniques including evolution, taxonomy, homology, multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic trees, primer design and gene expression analysis. You can easily incorporate these examples into your undergraduate biology courses.

Date and time: Wed, July 25, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on our Webinars and Courses page.

July 11 NCBI Minute: Five Teaching Examples with NCBI APIs


Next Wednesday, July 11, 2018, NCBI staff will show you a set of simple exercises that use EDirect to explore aspects of a human gene. You can easily incorporate these examples into your undergraduate biology courses.

Date and time: Wed, July 11, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Register here: https://bit.ly/2KmH1yO

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NIH Data Science Collaborative Hackathon April 16 – 18, 2018


The NCBI will assist with a data science hackathon to take place on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland, from April 16-18, 2018.

The hackathon will focus on tools for advanced analysis of biomedical datasets including text, images, next generation sequencing data, proteomics, and metadata. Many individuals who attend these events have already engaged in the use of large datasets or in the development of informatics tools, code, or pipelines; however, researchers who are in the earlier stages of their data science journey, including students and postdocs are also encouraged to apply. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians.

The event is open to anyone selected for the hackathon and willing to travel to Bethesda, Maryland.

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February 14th NCBI Minute: How to quickly retrieve a sequence from NCBI


On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, NCBI will present a webinar that will show you how to quickly retrieve sequences in any format from NCBI.

Date & time: Wed, Feb 14, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Ever need to quickly grab a protein or nucleotide sequence in FASTA or another format from NCBI? This NCBI Minute will show you how to accomplish this using the nucleotide and protein web pages, an NCBI URL, and – the most flexible way – through the commandline EDirect client that accesses the E-Utilities API.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. A few days after the live presentation, you can view the recording on the NCBI YouTube channel. You can learn about future webinars on the Webinars and Courses page.

NCBI Facilitates Hackathons at the Bio-IT World Conference and Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence


NCBI usually participates in hackathons as direct organizers and planners. However, NCBI staff recently functioned as facilitators in two hackathons organized by outside groups: one at the Bio-IT World conference, and one at the Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence (SVAI) incubator.

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The NCBI Minute: quick introductions to NCBI resources


For over two years, NCBI has presented webinars on a wide range of topics to a growing audience. More recently, we began offering shorter webinars in a series called The NCBI Minute.

These presentations introduce a new NCBI tool or resource or provide quick tips for using a popular resource in 5-10 minutes.

screenshot of popular NCBI Minute presentations on YouTube

Figure 1. Examples of popular NCBI Minute presentations; SmartBLAST Introduction presented September 2 (YouTube), and Connecting with PubMed Commons presented May 2 (YouTube).

Each NCBI Minute is recorded and posted on our YouTube channel in the NCBI Minute playlist. Two of our most popular NCBI Minute presentations (Figure 1) are the introduction to the new SmartBLAST service, first described on NCBI Insights in July, and Connecting with PubMed Commons, our public commenting service for PubMed articles described in several NCBI Insights posts.

Missed a presentation? No problem!

If you missed any of The NCBI Minute, there are two ways you can catch up:

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