Data Visualisation for Biology: a practical workshop on design, techniques and tools

Date:

 Monday 11 Friday 15 March 2019

Venue: 

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) - Garden Room - Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge,  CB10 1SD, United Kingdom

Application opens: 

Thursday 29 November 2018

Application deadline: 

Friday 25 January 2019

Participation: 

Open application with selection

Contact: 

Frank O’Donnell

Registration fee: 

£510 including accommodation

Registration closed

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Overview

As biological datasets increase in size and complexity, we are moving more and more from an hypothesis-driven research paradigm to a data-driven one. As a result, exploration of that data has become even more crucial than in the past.

In this 5-day workshop, we will dive into the topic of biological data visualization and how it can be used to gain insight in and get a "feel" for a dataset, so that targeted analyses can be defined. We will start by covering theoretical questions like: What is data visualization? How do we perceive images? How can we visualise data in the best possible way? As the workshop continues, it will become more and more hands-on and interactive. In the workshop, we will focus on omics (e.g. genomics, transcriptomics) data rather than e.g. imaging data.

 

Audience

This course is targeted at biologists who want to explore, and gain further insight, into their own data through the use of visualisation and design approaches. Some prior experience in programming would be beneficial, but pre-reading and exercises will be sent out to all successful applicants prior to the start of the course. Example datasets will be provided which include:

  • gene-gene interaction data
  • gene-disorder links
  • phylogeny of transcription factors
  • ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq

Syllabus, tools and resources

  • Textbook (included): "Making data visual" (D Fisher & M Meyer)
  • Recommended Textbook: "Visualization analysis and design" (T Munzner)
     

Outcomes

  • Explore theories of perception and cognition
  • Identify frameworks to comprehend data visualisation
  • Understand the concepts of visual design process
  • Implement visualisations with specific tools (D3)

Programme

Day 1 – Monday 11 March 2019
09:00-10:00 Arrival and registration   
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome and introduction Vera Matser
10:30 - 12:30 Basics of data visualisation and visual analytics Jan Aerts
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:00 Basics of data visualisation and visual analytics Jan Aerts
15:00 - 15:30 Break - outside Kendrew Lecture Theatre  
15:30 - 17:00 Keynote "Steal from the best - how to structure interactive stories" - Kendrew Lecture Theatre Adam Frost
19:00 Evening meal  
Day 2 – Tuesday 12 March 2019
09:30 - 11:00 Data visualisation 101 Niki Karamanis
11:00 - 11:30 Break  
11:30 - 12:30 EBI data viz showcase EBI service teams
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:00 User Experience workshop Niki Karamanis
15:00 - 15:30 Break  
15:30 - 17:30 User Experience workshop (continued) Niki Karamanis
19:00 Evening meal   
Day 3 – Wednesday 13 March 2019
09:00 - 10:30 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
10:30 - 11:00 Break  
11:00 - 12:30 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:00 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
15:00 - 15:30 Break  
15:30 - 17:30 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
19:00 Evening meal    
Day 4 – Thursday 14 March 2019
09:00 - 10:30 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
10:30 - 11:00 Break  
11:00 - 12:30 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:00 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
15:00 - 15:30 Break  
15:30 - 17:30 Implementing visualisations using D3 Ryo Sakai
19:00 Evening meal  
Day 5 – Friday 15 March 2019
09:00 - 10:30 Presentation and visual design on a dataset  All trainers
10:30 - 11:00 Break  
11:00 - 12:30 Presentation and visual design on a dataset All trainers
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 - 15:00 Presentation and visual design on a dataset All trainers
15:00 - 15:30 Break  
16:00 - 16:30 Course feedback and wrap-up All trainers
16:30 Shuttle to Cambridge Station