Galaxy community meeting in May

There was a notice over the Galaxy mailing list the other day about an upcoming community meeting (and I’ve seen it from a couple of other lists as well, sorry for any duplication). The homepage with meeting information is here, but I’m pasting the announcement below.  We aren’t involved with this workshop–our focus is mostly on new end users with the training materials we’ve developed with Galaxy’s sponsorship.  But if you have users that might benefit from a more Galaxy usage, or a local Galaxy installation–you might want to check it out. We heard great things about the last developer’s conference where people from the community were describing some of their local custom stuff.

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Hello all,

We are pleased to announce the 2011 Galaxy Community Conference, being held May 25-26 in Lunteren, The Netherlands.  The meeting will feature two full days of presentations and discussion on extending Galaxy to use new tools and data sources, deploying Galaxy at your organization, and best practices for using Galaxy to further your own and your community’s research.
Link: http://galaxy.psu.edu/gcc2011/

Overview
This event aims to engage a broader community of developers, data producers, tool creators, and core facility and other research hub staff to become an active part of the Galaxy community.   We’ll cover defining resources in the Galaxy framework, increasing their visibility and making them easier to use and integrate with other resources, how to extend Galaxy to use custom data sources and custom tools, and best practices for using Galaxy in your organization.

Additional topics include, but are not limited to:
* Talks submitted by the Galaxy community
* Integration of tools (including NGS analysis tools) and distributed job management
* Deployment of Galaxy instances on local resources and on the Cloud
* Management of large datasets with the Galaxy Library System
* Using the Galaxy LIMS functionality at NGS sequencing facilities
* Visualizing Data without leaving Galaxy
* Performing reproducible research
* Performing and sharing complex analyses with Workflows
* An “Introduction to Galaxy” session, offered on May 24, for Galaxy newcomers.

Registration
The conference fee is €100 on or before April 24, and €120 after that.  The meeting is being held at the Conference Centre De Werelt in Lunteren, The Netherlands, which is also the conference hotel.  You are encouraged to register early, as space at the hotel (and at the “Intro to Galaxy” session) is limited and is likely to fill up before the conference itself does.
Link: http://galaxy.psu.edu/gcc2011/Register.html

Abstract Submission
Abstracts are now being accepted for short oral presentations.  Proposals on any topic of interest to the Galaxy community are welcome and encouraged.   The abstract submission deadline is the end of February 28.
Link: http://galaxy.psu.edu/gcc2011/Abstracts.html

Sponsors
The 2011 Galaxy Community Conference is co-sponsored by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC).  NBIC is a collaborative institute of the bioinformatics groups in the Netherlands. Together, these groups perform cutting-edge research, develop novel tools and support platforms, create an e-science infrastructure and educate the next generations of bioinformaticians.
Links: http://www.nbic.nl/ and http://www.nsf.gov/

We are looking forward to a great conference and hope to see you in the Netherlands!

The Galaxy and NBIC Teams

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