Open data and tools for bioinformatics research


  Tuesday 6 November 2018


Universidad Andrés Bello - Quillota 890, Vina del Mar,  Valparaíso, Chile

Application opens: 

Friday 19 October 2018

Application deadline: 

Wednesday 24 October 2018


First come, first served


Cath Brooksbank

Registration fee: 

$50 USD

Registration closed

Dates additional information: 

This workshop runs from 09:00 - 18:00 including breaks and lunch.

Course Overview

This workshop will focus on supporting researchers to make full use of tools available for the dissemination of molecular data of Latin American origin. The workshop will be highly interactive. Participants will learn about the importance of open data to research, find out about global initiatives involving Latin American scientists, and work together to make Latin American biodata more discoverable. An important part of the workshop will be a hackathon in which we catalogue open data initiatives, data resources and tools made in Latin America, using a purpose-built wiki module.  By the end of the workshop we hope to have nucleated a committed group of scientists with established procedures for the open publication of biomolecular data in Latin America.


This workshop is for bioinformatics researchers whose research depends on public data, and/or who are producing lots of data and need support on how to share their data appropriately.

Learning outcomes

  • Match participants to the open data resources, tools and analysis techniques most suitable to their research
  • Collaboratively build an openly accessible catalogue of resources, highlighting those that are ‘made in Latin America’
  • Brainstorm strategies to improve the submission Latin-American molecular data
  • Discuss how to manage sensitive data


Tuesday 6th November 2018
08:00-09:00 Conference registration
09:00-09:15 Welcome and icebreaker Cath Brooksbank
09:15-09:30 Why open data matters Cath Brooksbank
09:30-10:00 Metagenomics of extreme environments in Chile Eduardo Felipe Castro-Nallar
10:30-11:00 Brazilian biodiversity data: DNA Barcodes, Metabarcodes, Genomes, Plastid genomes, transcriptomes, metagenomes and metaproteomes Guilherme Oliveira
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Argentinian public genomics data system: conveying new experiences in genomics research Ezequiel Sosa
12:00-12:30 Colombia BIO and Colombia BRIDGE projects. - Speeding up biodiversity research in a mega-biodiverse country Marco Cristancho
12:30-13:00 Panel discussion: how can we encourage global projects to embrace Latin American science?   
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-15:30 Hackathon: collecting and annotating datasets and tools of Latin American importance All
15:30-16:00 Strategies to improve the submission of Latin-America molecular data     All
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:30 Special considerations - sensitive data and how to manage it Cath Brooksbank
17:30-18:00 Where to learn more and wrap-up Marco Cristancho and Cath Brooksbank

Additional information:

This workshop is open to attendees of the ISCB-LA-SOIBIO-EMBNet conference. Please register for the main conference and for the workshop.