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Training and Outreach WG Teleconferences


Upcoming events


January 13: The Research Software Alliance

Daniel S, Katz

Chief Scientist, NCSA, University of Illinois


February 10: Galaxy Training Network

Saskia Hiltemann

Erasmus Medical Center


March 10: Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE)

Lou Woodley

Director, CSCCE


April 14: One Tool, Many Topics: Cistrome Explorer

Cliff Meyer

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


May 12: ITCR Training Network

Candace Savonen and Carrie Wright

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


June 9: One Tool, Many Topics: UCSC Xena Project

Mary Goldman

Genomics Institute, UC Santa Cruz


Past events


December 9, 2021
  • Compassionate communities: Code of Conduct reporting avenues and bottlenecks
  • Yo Yehudi, Open Source Technology Lead, Data for Science and Health, Wellcome Trust
  • Slides

November 11, 2021

  • Veterans day; no meeting.

October 14, 2021

  • Do’s and don’ts for writing impactful papers about scientific software
  • Joseph D. Romano, PhD. Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Writing peer-reviewed journal articles describing scientific software has become a regular part of computational and informatics research. These "software papers" are unique in various ways, and they require special considerations to improve their impact on the scientific community and their efficacy at conveying information. In this talk -- based on a "Ten Simple Rules" paper we recently published in PLoS Computational Biology -- we explore and discuss specific steps that researchers can take to write better software papers, with specific focus on maximizing impact and fostering a richer computational ecosystem for biomedical research.
  • VideoSlides

September 9, 2021 Google Doc

  • Resources and Communities for Outreach and Training
  • Training and Outreach Working Group; Dave Clements, Galaxy Project and Johns Hopkins University
  • An open discussion of resources and communities that are focused on this group's primary concerns.
  • Video, slides.

June 10, 2021 Google Doc

  • Roundtable Discussion: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) as it relates to Training and Outreach, David Hanauer

May 13, 2021 Google Doc

  • Experiences and lessons learned from two virtual, hands-on microbiome bioinformatics workshops, Greg Caporaso

May 13, 2021 Google Doc

  • Making your software and training materials accessible for those with disabilities (Part II), Phil Deaton and Brandon Werner

March 11, 2021 Google Doc

  • Making your software and training materials accessible for those with disabilities

February 11, 2021 Google Doc

  • One Tool, Many Topics talk: cBioPortal, Tali Mazor and Ino de Bjuijn. Video



December 10, 2020 Google Doc

  • One Tool, Many Topics talk: GenePattern, Michael Reich

November 12, 2020 Google Doc

  • Patient Advocate suggested topics, and assessing the quality of training/documentation

October 8, 2020 Google Doc

  • One Tool, Many Topics talk: OpenCRAVAT, Mike Ryan

September 10, 2020 Google Doc

  • Twitter for Outreach, David Hanauer

August 13, 2020 Google Doc

  • Virtual Conferences, Martin Morgan

July 9, 2020 Google Doc

  • One Tool, Many Topics talk: Extensible Open-Source Zero-Footprint Web Viewer for Oncologic Imaging Research, Gordon Harris

June 11, 2020 Google Doc

  • One Tool, Many Topics talk: OncoMX, Daniel Lyman and Team

May 14, 2020 Google Doc Download

  • Explainer videos discussion

March 12, 2020 Google Doc Download

February 13, 2020 Google Doc Download

  • One tool, many topics: The path from Galaxy Team to Galaxy Community: Dave Clements, Johns Hopkins University Slides

January 9, 2020 Google Doc Download

  • How to manage software release announcements 


December 12, 2019 Google Doc Download

November 14, 2019 Google Doc Download

  • How to get, keep, and manage outside contributions to your code base

October 10, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • How to increase rankings in Google search

August 8, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • Roundtable discussion, messaging forums

July 11, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • Roundtable discussion, software usage metrics and impact.

June 13, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • What makes for a good/effective poster? Mike Morrison 

May 9, 2019: Google Doc Download

April 11, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • Presentation by Serghei Mangul on his recent paper, "A comprehensive analysis of the usability and archival stability of omics computational tools and resources", followed by an open discussion. Slides

March 14, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • Roundtable discussion regarding documentation approaches

February 14, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • Introduction to Powtoon (slides, transitions, background music, animations)
  • Simple graphics editing (cropping, transparent backgrounds)
  • Animated GIFs
  • Creation of text-to-audio with Amazon Polly; how to upload as an audio 'voiceover' for a slide
  • Continued discussion from the prior meeting about explainer videos

January 10, 2019: Google Doc Download

  • Survey on intention to submit manuscript for JCO CCI special issue Survey link.
  • Explainer videos discussion.  David Hanauer will explain how he made his two explainer videos for the ITCR project (videos can be found here). We can then have a discussion about various approaches, tools, services, challenges, best practices, etc, regarding explainer videos.


December 13, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • Discussion about potential for another ITCR tool special issue for JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics

November 8, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • Continuation of discussion about IT security implications for software. What can the group do or can the NCI do to help address the challenges.

October, 11, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • Roundtable discussion: Security implications for open source software

September 13, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • Roundtable Discussion: How do you support training and outreach, and who in your group does it? What is their background? How are you measuring the effectiveness of your approaches?

August 9, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • New ITCR TOW WG Chair, David Hanauer, University of Michigan: ITCR TOW survey results, future plans discussion. Slides (David Hanauer)

April 12, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • How to increase your rankings in google search results for your bioinformatics tool and how to use targeted social media advertising. 
  • Slides (Lakshmi Grama)

March 8, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • Round table discussion: how to find and support collaborators?

February 8, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • Software Carpentry is a worldwide organization that teaches  researchers computing and data skills they need to get more done in less time and with less pain.  
  • Slides (Jonah Duckles)

January 11, 2018: Google Doc Download

  • AACR and ISMB Session planning


December 14, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • Round Table Discussion - How to Get, Keep and Manage Outside Contributors to Your Code Base.

November 9, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • What makes a good, successful workshop? Experiences from the Bioinformatics Training and Education Program (BTEP) that aims to educate scientists at NCI and NIH on understanding the fundamentals of data analysis and incorporating best practices when using bioinformatics approaches for analyzing their research data.
  • Slides (Anand Merchant)

October 12, 2017: Google Doc  Download

  • Istvan Albert, Professor of Bioinformatics at Penn State,  founder of Biostar Genomics LLC and lead developer of BioStars will discuss the BioStars platform for questions/answers/information on bioinformatics tools and analysis including tips for tool developers on supporting and promoting tools on the BioStars platform.

September 14, 2017: Google Doc Download

July 13, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • Measuring software technology impact
  • Slides (Daniel Katz)

June 8, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • Planning of the WG activities based on the F2F discussions

May 11, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • Discuss agenda for the face to face discussion at the ITCR annual meeting

April 13, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • Project Week as a community builder for National Alliance for Medical Image Computing
  • Slides (Tina Kapur)

March 9, 2017: Google Doc Download

February 9, 2017: Google Doc Download

  • Discussion of experimental outreach tools: GitBook, Biostars

January 12, 2017: Google Doc Download


December 8, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • Experience with MOOC platforms

November 17, 2016: Google Doc  Download

October 13, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • Survey of social platform utilization Link 
  • Survey of outreach mechanisms in ITCR technology development Link

September 8, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • Google Hangouts "On Air" as a platform for user support

June 9, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • Discussion on the ITCR Special Issue and ITCR Annual Meeting preparation

May 12, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • Discussion of the group activities planned for the next year: identify key communities, meetings, catalog best practices. 

March 10, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • ITCR Special Issue Planning

January 14, 2016: Google Doc Download

  • ITCR Fact Sheet review and web site updates


December 10, 2015: Google Doc  Download

  • CI4CC ITCR program discussion, progress on social media survey

November 12, 2015: Google Doc Download

  • CI4CC ITCR program discussion

September 10, 2015: Google Doc Download

  • Social media survey, ITCR Twitter hashtag #nciitcr

August 13, 2015: Google Doc Download

  • Tools list and CI4CC debrief

April 9, 2015: Google Doc Download

  • Guidelines for posting videos on the NCIP Hub
  • Discussion on how to best connect with the CI4CC community

February 25, 2015: Google Doc Download

  • Youtube channel options and effective use of social media discussions

January 8, 2015: Google Doc Download


December 11, 2014: Google Doc Download

  • Discussion on  creating Youtube videos, useful links

November 13, 2014: Google Doc Download

  • NCIP Hub demonstration

October 14, 2014: Google Doc Download

  • Short presentations: approaches for user training, and outreach? Lessons learned? Where could your group/software benefit from centralized resources/approaches?

September 16, 2014: Google Doc Download

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