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Data Visualisation for Biology: A Practical Workshop on Design, Techniques and Tools

Date:

 Monday 16 Friday 20 March 2020

Venue: 

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

Application opens: 

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Application deadline: 

Tuesday 21 January 2020

Participation: 

Open application with selection

Contact: 

Michelle Mendonca

Registration fee: 

£500 including meals and accommodation (Monday-Friday)

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Overview

As biological datasets increase in size and complexity, we are moving more and more from a 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 course, we will dive into the topic of biological data visualisation and how it can be used to gain insight into and get a "feel" for a dataset, so that targeted analyses can be defined. We will start by covering theoretical questions such as: What is data visualisation? How do we perceive images? How can we visualise data in the best possible way? It will be delivered through a mixture of lectures and workshop sessions, and will also provide hands-on experience in developing visualisations. The course will focus on working with 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. People with different backgrounds and previous expertise in data visualisation are welcome to join the course. 

Some prior experience in programming would be beneficial, however participants will be divided into groups according to their programming experience for the hands-on element from day 3 onwards.  Applicants will be asked to provide detail on their level of programming ability and knowledge of visualisation tools as part of the application process. Some pre-reading and exercises will additionally be sent out to successful applicants prior to the course, and these will also help us decide on the most appropriate groupings.

Syllabus, tools and resources

Other recommended resources:

  • Textbook: "Visualization analysis and design" (T Munzner)
  • Textbook: “Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers” (D Gray, S Brown & J Macanufo)

Outcomes

​​​​​At the end of this course, trainees will be able to:

  • Explore theories of perception and cognition
  • Identify frameworks to comprehend data visualisation
  • Explain the concepts of visual design process
  • Implement visualisations with specific tools (either Vega-Lite or D3)

Programme

Day 1 – Monday 16 March 2020
09:00-10:00 Arrival and registration (with coffee)  
10:00-10:30 Welcome  Marta Lloret Llinares
10:30-11:00 Participant introductions  
11:00-12:30 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 lecture "Steal from the best - how to structure interactive stories" - Kendrew Lecture Theatre Adam Frost
18:00 Evening meal Hinxton Hall Restaurant
19:30 Shuttle to Holiday Inn, Duxford  

Day 2 – Tuesday 17 March 2020
09:00 Shuttle from accommodation to campus  
09:15 Arrival at EBI  
9:30-10:30 Participant introductions  
10:30-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:30 User experience for data visualisation Niki Karamanis
12:30-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-15:00 User experience for data visualisation Niki Karamanis
15:00-15:30 Break  
15:30-17:30 User experience for data visualisation Niki Karamanis
17:30 End of day  
18:00 Evening meal Red Lion Pub, Hinxton
19:30 Shuttle to Holiday Inn, Duxford  

Day 3 – Wednesday 18 March 2020
08:45 Shuttle from accommodation to campus  
09:00 Arrival at EBI  
9:15-10:30 Introduction to the group implementation work. Group formation Jan Aerts
10:30-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:30 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
12:30-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-15:00 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
15-15:30 Break  
15:30-17:30 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
17:30 End of day  
17:30 Evening meal Kendrew Foyer
18:45 Shuttle to Holiday Inn, Duxford  

Day 4 – Thursday 19 March 2020
08:45 Shuttle from accommodation to campus  
09:00 Arrival at EBI  
9:15-10:30 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
10:30-11:00 Break  
11:00-12:30 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
12:30-13:30 Lunch  
13:30-15:00 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
15-15:30 Break  
15:30-17:30 Implementing visualisations:
Group 1: Vega-Lite/Vega/Holoviz
Group 2: Structured tutorials in D3
Group 3: Self-guided work in D3
All trainers
17:30 End of day  
18:00 Evening meal Hinxton Hall Restaurant
19:30 Shuttle to Holiday Inn, Duxford  

Day 5 – Friday 20 March 2020
08:45 Shuttle from accommodation to campus  
09:00 Arrival at EBI  
09:15-10:30 Finalising the visualisations 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
15-15:30 Course feedback and wrap-up All trainers
15:45 Shuttle to Cambridge station (stop 5)