ENCODE data in the UCSC Genome Browser, part deux

There is some really terrific data flowing into the UCSC Genome Browser from the ENCODE project. And now we have updated our tutorials to catch you up on the tracks and strategies to explore that wealth of information.

Near the beginning of the ENCODE production phase, we created a tutorial to introduce folks to the project and the role of UCSC as the DCC–Data Coordination Center. We have decided to keep that tutorial available because it has some of the background that might be important to understand. And we elected to create a second ENCODE tutorial suite with the newer tracks, tools, and details. We’ve just launched the second one and you can view it.

ENCODE Foundations (first tutorial, with background information): http://openhelix.com/ENCODE

New ENCODE II tutorial suite, with updated details: http://openhelix.com/ENCODE2

You can view the movie, download the slides + handouts + exercises. These were sponsored by the UCSC DCC team. You can use the materials to train yourself or your team, or download them for use in classrooms/seminars/workshops.

For this round I also paired the materials with the terrific paper from the ENCODE consortium: A User’s Guide to the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE). That’s also certainly worth your time if you want to better understand what’s available and how to work with it.

Check ‘em out.


The ENCODE Project Consortium. (2011). A User’s Guide to the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) PLoS Biology, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001046

EDIT: oh, and if you are wondering if you ought to spend time learning about what’s in the ENCODE data, check out this tweet that just flew by…

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