The iMicrobe project supports training activities in using microbial datasets and query-able ontologies as part of the iPlant Cyberinfrastructure.
iMicrobe Workshop Overview
The iMicrobe workshop provides a comprehensive overview of data resources, platforms, tools, and services for large-scale data analysis in microbial ecology provided by the iPlant Collaborative, a cyberinfrastructure project of the National Science Foundation. Through hands-on demos and guided exercises, workshop participants will get a comprehensive look at iPlant’s tools and services for large-scale data analysis in microbial ecology, as well as the iMicrobe Data Commons. Specifically, the workshop focuses on
- accessing microbial -omics data through the iMicrobe Data Commons in iPlant’s Data Store
- methods to search for microbial datasets using metadata tags, and
- using these data resources in conjunction with iPlant’s tools and services for large-scale data analysis.
Workshop topics build progressively to cater to the needs of general and advanced audiences.
Participants will get hands-on experience with the following components to the iPlant cyberinfrastructure:
- Discovery Environment: Simple web portal for managing data, analyses, and workflows. Complex bioinformatics applications can be run without knowing command line programming; users can also integrate their own tools.
- Data Store: Scalable, secure, and reliable storage for terabyte-scale data. The focus of this session will be on microbial -omics datasets available through iPlant Data Store.
- Metadata capabilities: Searching for datasets based on standardized ontologies from project-based and sample-related metadata. Specifically efforts in developing a query-able interface to microbial -omics metadata will be described.
- Atmosphere: 1-click, on-demand cloud computing for accessing microbial analysis tool suites such as QIIME.