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Galaxy Community Conference 2011 hosted by NBIC


30 May 2011

The 2011 Galaxy Community Conference was held 25-26 May, at the Conference Centre De Werelt in Lunteren, The Netherlands. The conference was co-organized and hosted by the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC).

Advantages such as an open source license, simple user interface, easy extensibility, and abundant bioinformatics tools make Galaxy a good candidate to process the biological data that is being generated at an ever increasing speed. Galaxy has been used as the main integration platform in the NBIC BioAssist program to leverage the bioinformatics strength of various member groups.

The conference featured two full days of presentations and discussion on extending Galaxy to use new tools and data sources, deploying Galaxy at your organization, and best practices for using Galaxy to further your research. The event drew almost 150 participants from 19 countries on six continents. Among them, more than 30 people were from NBIC and NBIC affiliated Dutch institutions.

A small number of participants did not make their trips due to the volcano ash cloud over several northern European countries. However, thanks to Skype and Twitter, they were able to present their talks remotely and follow the discussions real-time (with more than 600 tweets).

Barend Mons (NBIC scientific director) opened the NBIC sponsored bar night on May 25th with a warm welcome speech. The pleasant atmosphere together with famous brands of Dutch beer created an unforgettable evening for all conference guests and apparently have paved ways for several future collaborations.

Read the tweets (#usegalaxy ) on May 25-26 to get an impression by the participants of the conference.

The videos of the conference are now available online at the NBIC video channel.

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