September 12 NCBI Minute: Release Plan for NCBI API Keys


Update: Webinar is now on September 12!

If you already registered for the September 5 date, you are automatically registered for September 12. You do not need to re-register. We welcome anyone else who would like to register.

As previously announced, NCBI has introduced API keys for the E-utilities. You will soon want to start using API Keys in your E-Utilities API calls as these will allow the fastest access to NCBI databases. In this webinar, we will review how API Keys work and will provide you with a schedule of brief testing periods and the timing of the full release of API key functionality.

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

Register here: https://bit.ly/2v0wFMl

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.

(Webinar re-scheduled to September 12 because the presenter was called away unexpectedly.)

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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June 27 NCBI Minute: dbGaP’s New Ancestry Composition Visualization tool and GRAF Software


Next Wednesday, June 27, 2018, we’ll introduce you to the Genetic Relationship and Fingerprinting (GRAF) software package. GRAF is a quality assurance tool that finds duplicates and closely related subjects in your data using SNP genotypes. We’ll also introduce the GRAF-pop feature, which computes subject ancestries and plots data for export as a .png or .txt file.

Date and time: Wed, June 27 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

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

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.

May 16 webinar: Improved Standalone BLAST database and programs: now with taxonomic information


Next Wednesday, May 16, 2018, we’ll show you how to download and use the latest standalone BLAST databases, dbv5. You’ll learn how to use BLASTdbv5 and the new BLAST programs to limit searches to taxonomic groups and to retrieve sequences from the database by taxonomy.

Date and time: Wed, May 16, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

Register here: https://bit.ly/2qW7LLy

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.

May 9 NCBI Minute: Integrating PubChem into Your Chemistry Teaching


Next Wednesday, May 9, 2018, NCBI staff will show you how to use PubChem as a cheminformatics education resource. In addition to learning about tools and services for chemical information search, analysis, and download, you will also see examples of how instructors incorporate PubChem in Cheminformatics OLCC (On-Line Chemistry Courses), an intercollegiate hybrid course.

Date and time: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:00 – 12:30 PM EDT

Register here: https://bit.ly/2q5wtsF

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.

May 2 webinar: Using NCBI’s MedGen in Clinical Practice


Join us next Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT for a webinar on MedGen, NCBI’s portal to clinical genetics. We’ll show you how to find information in MedGen on genetic phenotypes, clinical features of disorders, and more. You’ll also learn how to retrieve actionable information such as practice guidelines for a condition and get a list of available genetic tests in GTR, and how to easily access resources like GeneReviews, OMIM and ClinicalTrials.gov, the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, and Medline Plus.

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.

April 25 NCBI Minute: Revised Release Plan for the New NCBI API Keys


As previously announced, NCBI is introducing API keys for the E-utilities. This NCBI Minute will review these keys and their benefits for API users, and will update the schedule for when we will activate these keys. We will also describe plans for a test site and a series of testing periods during which these keys will be fully active. These periods are an ideal opportunity for developers to test their products in this new environment.

Please register and join us for this webinar to be presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at noon, Eastern time.

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.

April 11 webinar: Getting the most out of web BLAST tabular format


Next Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 12:00PM EDT, we will present a webinar that will help you enhance and expand your tabular saved BLAST results with basic Unix tools and the NCBI EDirect suite of programs. You will see how to add useful information to tabular format results like taxonomy, sequence titles, and links to sequence records and publications.

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.

The NCBI web BLAST service has many useful download formats, including the traditional pairwise output, tabular formats and highly structured formats. These formats allow you to easily save your BLAST results for later processing, editing and annotating.

March 21 webinar – Introducing the NCBI Pathogen Detection Isolates Browser


In this next NCBI webinar, you will learn how to use the Pathogen Detection Isolate Browser to search for pathogen isolates, identify closely related isolates of interest, and find pathogens encoding particular antimicrobial resistance genes.

Date and time: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT

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.

The Pathogen Detection Isolate Browser is a web-based portal that integrates the genomic sequences, metadata, antibiotic susceptibility and resistance gene information, and SNP cluster information.

Each year in the U.S. approximately 48 million Americans (approximately 1 in 6) are affected by foodborne illnesses, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die, as estimated by the CDC. The NCBI Pathogen Detection Project was created in collaboration with FDA, CDC, USDA and others to use whole genome sequencing data for foodborne disease surveillance. Pathogens isolated from patients, food and environmental samples, from state, federal, and other labs, are sequenced and the data submitted in real time to NCBI. The Pathogen Detection analysis pipeline assembles the sequences and compares them to other isolates in its database to identify closely related sequences, thereby facilitating identification of cases involved in an outbreak and potential sources of contamination.

Feb 7 webinar “How to Run an NCBI-style Hackathon at Your Institution”


On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, NCBI will present a webinar that will show you how to plan and run an NCBI-style hackathon at your own institution.

Date & time: Wed, Feb 7, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Register here: http://bit.ly/2zYU7Kp

NCBI organizes 2-3-day hackathons at sites throughout the United States. In these events, participants work in small collaborative groups on workflows, scripts or applications to create bioinformatic solutions to problems in fields such as text mining, next-gen sequence analysis, medical informatics, and many others. Code from Hackathon projects is available on the public NCBI Hackathon GitHub site.

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.