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Signals to Environmentally Tagged Sequences

Event Date: 
Thu, 2012-09-27 09:00 - Sun, 2012-09-30 18:00

Location: Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Heraklion (Greece)

The main aim of this workshop-hackathon will be to prototype a software solution capable of annotating microbial 16S sequences with environment descriptive terms. The intention is to experiment with the development of an automated pipeline relying primarily on: sequence analysis, relevant literature retrieval, text-mining and statistical analysis. Moreover, to satisfy the requirements of a broader range of researchers, besides computational biologists, a user-friendly, manual curation tool is also to be explored.

The workshop-hackathon comprise two parts:
• an introductory-brainstorming session (day 1)
• an implementation session (days 2 and 3)
In the former the participants will demonstrate the functionality of their tools, their scientific approaches and their in-house data. To obtain a more comprehensive view in the annotation of microbial sequences with environment descriptive terms the following lectures will be delivered (via Skype):
• Sequence Metadata standards, curation and text mining by Dr. Renzo Kotmann
• Introduction to the Environmental Ontology by Dr. Pier Buttigieg