Intro to UCSC Genome Browser: webinar follow-up

We will have had our first webinar on the UCSC Genome Browser on May 24th. It is an introduction to many of the basic features and display aspects of the browser. It corresponds to the material that you can find on our UCSC-sponsored tutorial materials that are freely available here:

We will have had some time for some questions at the webinar. But there may be things we didn’t have time to discuss, or cover in enough detail. Or people may go away and try some things and then come back with further questions. This thread will serve as a place to discuss issues around the Introductory materials, the webinar, browser basics, etc. We’d also love to hear any feedback on other things you’d like to see covered in the future as well.

Some of the links used in the webinar:

UCSC Genome Browser
UCSC Tutorial (slides, movie, handouts, exercises)
UCSC Mailing Lists
Additional OpenHelix Tutorials
RepeatMasker (in answer to a question about masked repeats)
Genomics Glossary (in answer to a question about a good glossary)
LiftOver (in answer to a question about how to convert sequence between assemblies)

What did you think? Do you have questions or comments? Let us know!

4 thoughts on “Intro to UCSC Genome Browser: webinar follow-up

  1. Mary Post author

    For the person who asked in the webinar about the PDF/PS output: I was able to change the font sizes using the “configure” button. These were appropriately reflected in the resulting PDF.

    Try that–and see if it helps. If not, give us a sample of what you are seeing and we can report that in to UCSC.

  2. Mary Post author

    For the folks who had questions about finding/using the ENCODE data, please check out the materials also sponsored by UCSC here:

    That will explain in more detail about where to find that data.

  3. William Howells

    Without any particular application in mind, it helps to have someone verbally walk through a typical query, rather than slog through the menus sequentially on my own. It was also good to pick up little details like the color coding, graph types, meaning of bar widths, etc.

  4. Mary Post author

    @William: we agree very much! That’s what we try to do with all our materials–really pragmatic and step-wise “click this for…” and “this display shows…” sorts of descriptions of the software.

    It’s nice to hear that’s useful.

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