Last July 9-12 2013, Bioplatforms Australia and CSIRO conducted the latest NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) training workshop at Monash University.
This is the second NGS training workshop organised by Bioplatforms Australia that is held at Monash University since the very first, last year.
Using the same but improved tools and machine image from the very first workshop, the team provisioned virtual machines on the Monash node of the NeCTAR Research Cloud. See this announcement regarding the Monash node.
Bioplatforms Australia has conducted 7 NGS training workshops across Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth) with a total of 190 attendees in the last 12 months with 2 more workshops planned later this year.
Future Bioplatforms Australia workshops are listed on their website.
We’ve successfully engaged Bioplatforms Australia and CSIRO in utilising the NeCTAR Research Cloud infrastructure to deliver next-generation sequencing workshops in Monash University and University of New South Wales last July 9-10, 2012.
We’ve created a custom cloud image which contains the relevant training materials, datasets and software stack.The image has been uploaded into the NeCTAR cloud and used to instantiate multiple virtual machines for the hands-on workshop. The same image has also been made available for download for participants to try locally on their local machines.
Automation tools that integrates provisioning of virtual machines, software stack installation, dataset preparation have been created for easy re-deployment of resources for various workshop sites around Australia.
A manuscript entitled “Next Generation Sequencing (NGS): A challenge to meet the increasing demand for training workshops in Australia” has been recently accepted for publication in Briefings in Bioinformatics.
This article can also be found, published created commons here .