Human Genomics Data Access & Sharing Workshop

Finding and Accessing Human Genomic Data for Research

Repositive Ltd

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 from 10:00 to 12:00 (BST)

Researchers rely on acquiring external data to validate, benchmark and supplement research findings.

Funders require researchers to make their datasets accessible for further reuse.

The goal of this workshop is to bring to the fore existing challenges with genomic data access and reuse. We will introduce a number of tools and resources to simplify #dataaccess and #datasharing.


1) Discuss current challenges in data sharing, focusing especially on researchers studying human genomics datasets.

2) Present a number of tools and resources for finding, accessing and sharing genomic data:

  • Repositive
  • EGA (European Genome Phenome Archive)
  • dbGaP
  • GigaScience
  • Nature Scientific Data
  • figshare

3) Discuss the best practices for using data to power hypothesis testing and maximising research impact.

This workshop is NOT about:

  • Data interpretation
  • Data analysis
  • Tools for data analysis and interpretation


  • Genomics data providers
  • Users of massive genomics datasets
  • Bioinformaticians
  • Data Scientists
  • Publishers
  • Data curators

About the organisers

Manuel Corpas – Scientifc Lead at Repositive. Manuel has done pioneering work in exploring his personal genome, through direct to consumer genomic testing and online international collaboration. He crowdfunded the DNA sequencing for both himself and his family, and he was the first to publish the complete collection of genomic data for his family online as Open Access. Manuel was previously Project Leader for plant and animal genomes at TGAC, and his earlier roles included Sanger, EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) and the Spanish National Bioinformatics Centre. Alongside his role at TGAC, Manuel is also the ELIXIR-UK Technical Coordinator and board director of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Read more about Manuel.

Charlotte Whicher – Product Manager at Repositive. Charlotte comes from an academic background, with experience in genomic data research and a PhD in Infection and Immunity from UCL. She understands the need for more data and the difficulties faced by researchers in finding and accessing that data.

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