NCBI Discovery Workshops

Two-day workshops on NCBI tools held on the NIH campus or within one of the eight regions of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Program Overview

NCBI now offers a series of two-day training courses called Discovery Workshops. Each year NCBI holds three Discovery Workshops on the NIH campus. Each Workshop consists of four 2.5-hour hands-on sessions emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Each session uses specific examples to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.

The four modules of the Discovery Workshop focus on the following areas:

  1. Sequences, Genomes, and Maps
  2. Proteins, Domains, and Structures
  3. NCBI BLAST Services
  4. Human Variation and Disease Genes

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions. Each session is entirely hands-on and is presented in one computer classroom where the instructor will present a specific example using the live NCBI web site followed by a period of individual practice on related problems. Detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example. Each session will also provide opportunities for participants to provide comments and suggestions on NCBI services and also to attend individual consultations with NCBI staff.

How to Attend

Workshops at NIH

Workshops on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland are normally held in the Lister Hill Auditorium in Building 38A. All participants must provide their own internet-ready laptop. These workshops are generally be offered in February, May, and September of each year.

Upcoming NIH workshops:

None scheduled. New workshops coming in 2015.

NNLM Regional Workshops

In the past NCBI Public Services staff, in collaboration with the Regional Medical Libraries, have selected off-campus host institutions for the NCBI Workshops. Unfortunately, due to limits on travel funds we have suspended our off-campus offerings of these workshops for now and are working to provide an alternative.

Discovery Workshop Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 9:00-11:30 -- Sequences, Genomes and Maps
  • 1:00-3:30 -- Proteins, Domains and Structures
  • 3:45-5:00 -- Individual Consultations
  • Day 2
  • 9:00-11:30 -- NCBI BLAST Services
  • 1:00-3:30 -- Human Variation and Disease Genes
  • 3:45-5:00 -- Individual Consultations
Course Materials

Please write to courses@ncbi.nlm.nih.gov with any questions.

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Last updated: 2014-09-29T17:08:37-04:00