Informatics Workshop Series

This spring, the Health Sciences Libraries has started an Informatics Workshop Series. This monthly series is intended to cover any and all topics in informatics, with a special eye toward local resources.

The first event was held in February, featuring Shelley Knuth and Andrew Johnson from CU Boulder, who presented on “Data Management Best Practices”, which focused primarily on writing good data management plans that organize data collection, sharing and storage even before the data are collected. The presentation features DMPTool, a resource that aggregates data management plan templates from a variety of funding agencies. Sign up and list University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus as your institution, and the portal will also link to local data management resources and connect you with people on campus that can help develop your data management plan. The session was well-attended by faculty, staff and students alike. A link to their powerpoint slides can be found here.

The next session, Biological Interpretations of Expression Data, will feature CU Anschutz’s own Michael Edwards, a bioinformatician who specializes in interpreting the results of gene expression data from cancer data sets. He will demonstrate a free tool (DAVID) and the software that he typically uses in his work (IPA) on gene lists that are derived from bladder cancer datasets.

Future topics will include a demonstration of PhenoGen, a quantitative genetics database developed by researchers on campus, and searching NCBI databases, presented by the library’s Biomedical Sciences Research Support Specialist Tobin Magle. The June slot is still open on the Spring 2015 schedule. Email with suggestions for other topics that should be featured in this series. We plan to take a break in June and July but will restart the series in August.

Visit the Library classes page to register for future events.