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New Online Tutorial Suite and Quick Reference Card on How to Access ENCODE Data Now Available from OpenHelix.

Last week, dozens of papers were published by the ENCODE (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements) project, capping a long effort of a worldwide consortia to build a comprehensive parts list of functional elements in the human genome. What can be lost in the press coverage and sometimes heated discussion of the results is the critical value of the ENCODE data to individual researchers, labs and smaller research projects working in a wide variety of fields.

However, to access and study the ENCODE data, researchers need to know how to do so within the UCSC Genome Browser. OpenHelix has released a new online tutorial suite that teaches users how to access the ENCODE data in the UCSC Genome Browser. The online tutorial, created by OpenHelix in conjunction with the UCSC Bioinformatics Group can be viewed for free at http://www.openhelix.com/ENCODE2.

The online narrated tutorial, which runs in just about any browser, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders. The approximately 60 minute tutorial examines aspects of the ENCODE project and data types, and explores ways for you to access and learn about the ENCODE data available within the UCSC Genome Browser. Combined with the OpenHelix tutorials on the search and display features of the UCSC Genome Browser, the ENCODE data will enable researchers to access cutting-edge data, including pre-publication information.

The tutorial can be used by new users to introduce them to ENCODE, for previous users to view new features and functionality, or simply as a reference tool to understand specific features.

Also available free (up to 30 cards shipped free in the U.S) is a Quick Reference Card (QRC). The QRC gives an overview of the site and many ways to access and view ENCODE data within the UCSC Genome Browser with screen shots and callouts of the various features and functions. You can order the card at www.openhelix.com/cgi/qrcOrder.cgi.

In addition to the tutorial and QRC, users can also access useful training materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises. This can save a tremendous amount time and effort for teachers and professors to create classroom content.

In addition to the ENCODE tutorial suite, OpenHelix offers over 100 tutorial suites on some of the most powerful and popular bioinformatics and genomics tools available on the web. Some of the tutorials suites are freely available through support from the resource providers. The whole catalog of tutorials suites is available through a subscription. Users can view the tutorials and download the free materials at www.openhelix.com/free.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

EDIT: 10/12/12:  The OpenHelix contract for the ENCODE DCC at UCSC has ended and the DCC Center has now transitioned to a group at Stanford. The new DCC group has chosen to take in-house the training and outreach OpenHelix performed and chose not to fund the sponsorship of the tutorials. However, we have worked with the UCSC Bioinformatics group and the ENCODE tutorial is again freely available until February 2013. 

Dr. Warren Lathe receives Fellowship Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com) announced today that its Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe will be taking a one year sabbatical to fulfill a Science and Technology  Policy fellowship at the National Science Foundation working with the Directorate of Computer and Information Science and Engineering.

The Science and Technology Policy fellowship is administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) with the goal of having accomplished scientists and engineers participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process.

“This is a fellowship that I have wanted to participate in for some time,” explained Dr. Warren (Trey) Lathe, “I’m excited to use my education, past education experience, and nearly ten years at OpenHelix to contribute to policy on computing and online education.”

The fellowships are highly competitive and use a peer-review selection process. Review is followed by individual interviews in Washington D.C. and conducted by selection committees comprised of professionals with expertise in the interface of science, technology and policy.

“Surely Trey will be missed for the year that he will be at the fellowship,” said Dr. Mary Mangan, OpenHelix President, “but luckily we have built a strong team that will assure continued success and growth at OpenHelix while giving Trey the year long opportunity to contribute to an extremely important policy area for the scientific community we serve.”

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

Free Webinars on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/). The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

The hour and 15 minute long webinars will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible tool. The first webinar, held Thursday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT (for local time zones: http://bit.ly/ucscintrowebinar), will be an introduction to the genome browser, designed for new users of the UCSC Genome Browser, and those who want to improve their skills at basic navigation and display.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
• to perform basic text searches
• explore and understand display feature in a genomic region of interest
• customize displays to fit your needs
• use filters to highlight data you are interested in, such as displaying non-synonymous SNPs in red to stand out
• how to set up a view the way you want, and then save that as a “Session” to share with others

The second webinar, held Thursday, May 24, 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT (for local time zones: http://bit.ly/tablebrowserwebinar), will cover advanced topics including creating Custom Tracks and using the Table Browser.

In this webinar, you’ll learn to:
• perform advanced searches of the UCSC genome databases
• export and download large quantities of targeted data
• create custom tracks resulting from your advanced searches
• create custom annotation tracks of your data to share with others

Seating is limited and registration is required. Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. Download slides before the webinar for note taking at http://www.openhelix.com/ucsc.

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser” and “UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser” free webinars sponsored by UCSC Bioinformatics Group and presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When:
Introduction: Thursday, May 17, 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Custom Tracks and Table Browser: Thursday, May 34, 6:00 p.m. UTC/1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT
Who: Anyone interested in learning how to use the UCSC Genome Browser. Requires knowledge of genomic/biological concepts. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu), a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051.

Updated Tutorials on UCSC Genome Browser Now Available

University of California, Santa Cruz Bioinformatics Group and OpenHelix today announced the availability of free updated tutorial suites on the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/), a powerful and popular freely available web-based tool for mining genomic data.  The two updated tutorial suites include a general Introduction to the Genome Browser and an Introduction to Custom Tracks and the Table Browser.  Also available is an introduction to additional tools available, including Gene Sorter and VisiGene.

UCSC Genome Browser is a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of genomes. Increasingly it is crucial to master software tools like the UCSC Genome Browser and Table Browser, as “big data” biomedical research projects continue to generate volumes of data that are simply too large to include in traditional literature. That data resides in the databases—sometimes even long before publication of the project papers ensues.

The tutorial suites, created and maintained by OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com), include an online, narrated tutorial, which runs in just about any browser connected to the web and can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders. The approximately 60 minute tutorials highlight and explain all the features and functionality needed to start using the Genome Browser and its tools effectively. The tutorial also includes a step-by-step movie which walks the user through an exercise using the tools of the Genome Browser. The tutorial can be used to learn how to use the Genome Browser, to view new features and functionality, or simply as a reference tool to refresh users’ memory.

Also included with each tutorial is a suite of training materials, including PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, with a suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises. These materials can be used as reference for users or as a ready-made presentation for training others on the use of the Genome Browser.

The tutorial suites are used in many ways, including:

  • Researchers use the tutorial suites to learn how to use new or unfamiliar genomics resources they need as their work progresses.
  • Faculty and Staff use the tutorial suites to keep abreast of resources and technology, and as an excellent staff training and career development tool.
  • Faculty use the tutorial suites to save significant time in creating classroom content and to augment in-class learning.
  • Librarians and Bioinformaticians use the tutorial suites to provide their customers with basic resource training, allowing them to save their valuable time for more advanced user issues.

You can view the updated UCSC Genome Browser tutorials suites at www.openhelix.com/ucsc OpenHelix provides over 100 other tutorial suites on a number of genomic databases and resources through an individual, group, or institutional subscription. Further information can be found at www.openhelix.com.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

About UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the Universityof California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu), a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

Free Webinar: Learn how to use the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB)

Join the upcoming free webinar on how to use the RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB) (http://www.rcsb.org), a free web based resource for studying biological macromolecules. The webinar will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

RCSB PDB, created by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), provides a variety of tools and resources to use to study biological macromolecules. The RCSB PDB provides access to the PDB archive, the single worldwide repository of experimentally-determined 3D biological structures of proteins, nucleic acids and complex assemblies. As a member of the Worldwide PDB, RCSB PDB curates and annotates PDB data, and presents basic and advanced search, display and visualization methods to access these data.

In the webinar, you’ll learn how to use the features and functions needed to start using the RCSB PDB effectively, including:

  •     how to search for structures and related information using a variety of strategies
  •     to understand the results and structure summary pages and link to additional information
  •     how to visualize and manipulate the structures
  •     to customize your results by using the many formatting options

The webinar will held Wednesday, February 15th, 11:00 PT/2:00 ET/18:00 UTC/GMT,

Register at http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi.

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to RCSB Protein Data Bank” presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When: February 15th at 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET/18:00-19:15 UTC/GMT

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to use the RCSB Protein Data Bank. Knowledge of genomic/biological concepts assumed. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About the RCSB PDB
The RCSB Protein Data Bank (http://www.rcsb.org), administered by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), supports scientific research and education worldwide by providing an essential resource of information about biomolecular structures. These molecules of life are found in all organisms, from bacteria and plants to animals and humans.

The RCSB PDB member institutions jointly manage the project: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. It is a member of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank organization.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (http://www.openhelix.com) provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. The OpenHelix Search portal searches hundreds of resources, tutorial suites and other material to direct researchers to the most relevant resources and OpenHelix training materials for their needs. Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to nearly 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.

Announcement of Updated Tutorial Materials: UniProt, Overview of Genome Browsers, and World Tour of Resources

As many of you know, OpenHelix specializes in helping people access and utilize the gold mine of public bioscience data in order to further research.  One of the ways that we do this is by creating materials to train people – researchers, clinicians, librarians, and anyone interested in science - on where to find data they are interested in, and how to access data at particular public databases and data repositories. We’ve got over 100 such tutorials on everything from PubMed to the Functional Glycomics Gateway (more on that later).

In addition creating these tutorials, we also spend a lot of time to keep them accurate and up-to-date. This can be a challenge, especially when lots of databases or resources all have major releases around the same time. Our team continually assesses and updates our materials and in this post I am happy to announce recently released updates to three of our tutorials: UniProt, World Tour, and Overview of Genome Browsers.

Our Introductory UniProt tutorial shows users how to: perform text searches at UniProt for relevant protein information, search with sequences as a starting point, understand the different types of UniProt records, and create multi-sequence alignments from protein records using Clustal.

Our Overview of Genome Browsers introduces users to introduce Ensembl, Map Viewer, UCSC Genome Browser, the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) browser, and to the GBrowse software system. We also touch on WebGBrowse, JBrowse, the Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV), the ARGO Genome Browser, the Integrated Genome Browser (IGB)GAGGLE, and the Circular Genome Viewer, or CGView.

Our World Tour of Genomics Resources is free and accessible without registration. It includes a tour of example resources, organized by categories such as Algorithms and Analysis tools, expression resources, genome browsers (both Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic/Microbial) , Literature and text mining resources, and resources focused on nucleotides, proteins, pathways, disease and variation. This main discussion will then lead into a discussion of how to find resources with the free OpenHelix Resource Search Portal, followed by learning to use resources with OpenHelix tutorials, and a discussion of additional methods of learning about resources.

Quick Links:

OpenHelix Introductory UniProt tutorial suite: http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/tutorialInfo.cgi?id=77

OpenHelix Overview to Genome Browsers tutorial suite: http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/tutorialInfo.cgi?id=65

Free OpenHelix World Tour of Genomics Resources tutorial suite: http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/tutorialInfo.cgi?id=119

 


Explore Open Access Bioinformatics Tools with the free “World Tour of Genomics Resources” webinar.

The science community now has a valuable launching point to explore and find the many bioinformatics and genomics resources available to them through the “World Tour of Genomics Resources”  webinar by OpenHelix on Thursday, November 10th at  10:00 PST/1:00EST (UTC -8:00).

The webinar includes a sampling of resources organized by categories such as algorithms and analysis tools, expression resources, genome browsers (both eukaryotic and prokaryotic/microbial), literature and text mining resources, and resources focused on nucleotides, proteins, pathways, disease and variation.

In each category, the webinar explores not only the most popular resources, but also some lesser known ones that fill unique scientific needs or are especially helpful to researchers.

The tour also shows easy ways of accomplishing the difficult task of finding and learning about other resources with the free OpenHelix search tool, tutorial suites, and other tools.

“With the ever expanding data sets and resources of the genomics era” said Warren (Trey) Lathe, Chief Science Officer at OpenHelix, “this webinar fills the critical need of giving scientists an overview of resources and showing them ways to find them and learn how to use them.”

Register for the webinar at http://www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinarInfo.cgi?id=33.

Free Webinar on ENCODE data in the UCSC Genome Browser

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces a free webinar on ENCODE data in the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/). The webinar will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

In the webinar, you’ll learn about aspects of the ENCODE project and data types, and explore ways for you to access and learn about the ENCODE data available under the UCSC Genome Browser. This tutorial assumes the user has strong familiarity with the software functionality of the UCSC Genome Browser as described in the Introductory and Advanced Topics tutorials (www.openhelix.com/ucsc).

You’ll learn:
• The foundations and background of the ENCODE project
• How to use Track and File search tools to locate data of interest
• To identify ENCODE data in the UCSC Genome Browser, and explore the data use policies
• What types of data are available under ENCODE, and where to find details of the data types and technologies
• How to interact with the data in the graphical browser, table browser, and by downloading

The webinar will held Wednesday, November 9th, 11:00 PT/2:00 ET/18:00 UTC/GMT, Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. Download slides before the webinar for note taking at http://www.openhelix.com/ENCODE.

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to ENCODE data in UCSC Genome Browser” sponsored by UCSC Bioinformatics Group and presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When: November 9th11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET/18:00-19:15 UTC/GMT

Who: Anyone interested in learning about the ENCODE data and how to access it using the UCSC Genome Browser. Requires working knowledge of the UCSC Genome Browser (you can view the UCSC Genome Browser tutorials at www.openhelix.com/ucsc) and knowledge of genomic/biological concepts. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinars.cgi. You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About ENCODE
The ENCODE Project, (ENCyclopedia of DNA Elements), an international consortium of researchers who are moving beyond the basic information of the reference genome sequence. Researchers are using many cutting-edge technologies to learn as much as possible about variations, genes, non-coding transcripts, regulatory elements, and genome structure and more, in extensive detail across the entire genome. The ENCODE project is coordinated by the NHGRI. The UCSC Genome Browser is the designated Data Coordination Center (DCC), for the ENCODE project, and the official ENCODE data repository.

RCSB PDB and OpenHelix Announce an Updated Free Tutorial and Training Materials

The new tutorial reflects the many changes and enhancements on the RCSB PDB site, and includes a narrated on-line tutorial, PowerPoint slides, handouts, and exercises.

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 12, 2011

The Research Collaboratory for Structural Biology (RCSB) Protein Data Bank (PDB) has partnered with OpenHelix to provide a revised and updated tutorial (http://www.openhelix.com/PDB) on its free web based resource for studying biological macromolecules (http://www.pdb.org).

The RCSB PDB provides a variety of tools and resources to use to study biological macromolecules. The PDB is the single worldwide repository of experimentally-determined 3D biological structures of proteins, nucleic acids and complex assemblies. As a member of the Worldwide PDB collaboration (wwpdb.org), the RCSB PDB curates and annotates PDB data, and presents basic and advanced search, display and visualization methods to access these data.

The new tutorial reflects the many changes and enhancements on the RCSB PDB site, including a new data drill-down and data summary feature, updated ligand features such as a download page, images and binding affinity data, new report types and visualization options, among many others.

The new training materials (at http://www.openhelix.com/pdb) include an online narrated tutorial that demonstrates: basic and advanced searches, how to generate reports, the different options for exploring individual structures, and many of the research and educational resources and tools available at the RCSB PDB. The approximately 60-minute tutorial, which runs in just about any browser, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders.

In addition to the tutorial, RCSB PDB users can also access useful training and teaching materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises. This can save a tremendous amount time and effort for teachers and professors to create classroom content.

Users can view the tutorial and download the free materials at http://www.openhelix.com/pdb.

About the RCSB PDB
The RCSB Protein Data Bank (http://www.pdb.org), administered by the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB), supports scientific research and education worldwide by providing an essential resource of information about biomolecular structures. These molecules of life are found in all organisms, from bacteria and plants to animals and humans.

The RCSB PDB member institutions jointly manage the project: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (http://www.openhelix.com) provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. The OpenHelix Search portal searches hundreds of resources, tutorial suites and other material to direct researchers to the most relevant resources and OpenHelix training materials for their needs. Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to nearly 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.

Free Webinars on how to use the UCSC Genome Browser

The UCSC Bioinformatics Group announces two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu/). The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, the provider of training on 100s of free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources.

The hour and 15 minute long webinars will cover the topics needed to effectively use this powerful, free, publicly-accessible tool. The first webinar, held Tuesday, May 24, 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 18:00 UTC/GMT), will be an introduction to the genome browser, designed for new users of the UCSC Genome Browser, and those who want to improve their skills at basic navigation and display.

In this webinar, you’ll learn:
• to perform basic text searches
• explore and understand display feature in a genomic region of interest
• customize displays to fit your needs
• use filters to highlight data you are interested in, such as displaying non-synonymous SNPs in red to stand out
• how to set up a view the way you want, and then save that as a “Session” to share with others

The second webinar, held Thursday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 PT/4:00-5:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 20:00 UTC/GMT), will cover advanced topics including creating Custom Tracks and using the Table Browser.

In this webinar, you’ll learn to:
• perform advanced searches of the UCSC genome databases
• export and download large quantities of targeted data
• create custom tracks resulting from your advanced searches
• create custom annotation tracks of your data to share with others

Seating is limited and registration is required. Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinar.cgi. Download slides before the webinar for note taking at http://www.openhelix.com/ucsc.

Seminar Summary:
What: “Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser” and “UCSC Genome Browser: Custom Tracks and Table Browser” free webinars sponsored by UCSC Bioinformatics Group and presented by OpenHelix, LLC.

When: [note that the times are different]
Introduction: Tuesday, May 24, 11:00-12:15 PT/2:00-3:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 18:00 UTC/GMT)
Custom Tracks and Table Browser: Thursday, May 26, 1:00-2:15 PT/4:00-5:15 ET (EDIT to add: this is 20:00 UTC/GMT)

Who: Anyone interested in learning how to use the UCSC Genome Browser. Requires knowledge of genomic/biological concepts. No programming skills required.

Cost: No cost.

Contact Information: Register at www.openhelix.com/cgi/webinar.cgi. You will receive an email with the URL for the webinar.

About UCSC Bioinformatics Group
The UCSC Bioinformatics Group is part of the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering (CBSE) at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Director and HHMI investigator David Haussler leads a team of scientists, engineers and students in the study and comparative analysis of mammalian and model organism genomes. Research Scientist Jim Kent heads up the engineering team that develops and maintains the UCSC Genome Browser (http://genome.ucsc.edu), a research tool that integrates the work of hundreds of scientists worldwide into a graphical display of genome sequences and aligned annotations. The Genome Browser — originally developed to assist in the initial assembly of the human genome — now features a rich set of annotations on a multitude of mammalian and model organism genomes. The UCSC Bioinformatics Group continues to uphold its original mission to provide free, unrestricted public access to genome data on the Web.

About OpenHelix, LLC.
OpenHelix, LLC, provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials, web seminars, and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix also is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

OpenHelix has its headquarters in Seattle, with offices in San Francisco and Boston. Further information can be found on www.openhelix.com or by calling 1-888-861-5051

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Edit to add: here’s a time conversion chart for the Intro seminar that provides times in many locations worldwide: http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=UCSC+Intro+Live+Online+Webinar&iso=20110524T14&p1=43&ah=1&am=15