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Bionode - Modular and universal bioinformatics #341
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The format will be a workshop. The goal is to introduce the open source project bionode.io to the participants, its philosophy, usefulness for bioinformatics and integration with the web (in a 10 min introduction). After that, participants will proceed to the practical part. For participants more interested in learning how to use bionode, several examples and use cases will be available as hands on tutorials. Users more interested in contributing to bionode can follow a simple tutorial on how to create a module, and users that are more experienced can contribute directly to existing modules by following open issues on GitHub and Waffle.io
Instructions on how to get everything up and running will be online, but we will also provide a web environment where everything is runnable without any local installation on the participants’ machines. We did this in the last Mozfest at the Dat workshop where I was a facilitator . This should allow the session to scale easily, and be flexible enough to accommodate a high variability of participants’ background. After the initial presentation, facilitators will mostly have to answer questions but not guide participants through the tutorials, and each participant will move forward at its own pace or in a small group. If during the workshop, something becomes a global issue or question for many participants, the facilitators will address it for all.
The overall outcome will be a bigger bionode community. Participants will see the benefits of bionode for reusability of code in bioinformatics. They will see how the same code and tools are usable on the web and server side. Follow up questions, feedback or ideas to improve bionode from users can continue on GitHub or Gitter . Participants that become contributors will be coauthors of a Bionode scientific paper (published in open access format). Ideas from bionode could inspire other projects in other fields, as has already happened before .