The tranSMART Community relies on a robust and growing Marketplace to maximize the use of our Platform and expand our community of users. Michael Braxenthaler will lead a discussion at our 2014 Annual Meeting next week on defining and growing our Marketplace. Michael will share with you his ideas on where we are and some ideas to consider before the formal Meeting in two webinars on Thursday Oct 9th. Please consider joining one of them to hear Michael's approach and give feedback prior to the formal discussion as part of the 3C Community Committee Working Group on the Marketplace on Wednesday Oct 15th. Register for one of the events below: Thursday October 9th, 2014 8AM-9Am EST - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8444759835968219906 Noon - 1PM EST - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2500374465211277570
The Foundation will hold two Hackathon sessions in person at the tranSMART Foundation Annual Meeting. We will also provide online access to include participants who are unable to attend the annual meeting! Details on the remote access to follow. After conferring with the Code Committee and vetting to the larger development forum, the tranSMART Foundation proposes the following Hackathon problems to be tackled during the upcoming annual meeting.
- Implement specific Advanced Workflows using Galaxy via the new v1.2 Restful API.The robust Restful API that has been developed for v1.2 is a game changer for tranSMART analytics. The Hackathon participants will be given an introduction to this API (everyone is welcome to learn about this important new feature), select an Advanced Workflow(s) to model with Galaxy and implement the complete Galaxy workflow comparing the results to the original. There is substantial expertise in the use of the R-API, particularly at The Hyve. This hackathon should be well-suited to the time limit and we trust will be of high interest to many in the tranSMART development community.
- Activate Sample Explorer in Version v1.2. The Sample Explorer is a “sleeper” tranSMART tool that has been enhanced and utilized to great advantage by the Avillach Lab at Harvard. There are other parties (e.g. eTRIKS) that are becoming interested in using this capability for cataloguing biospecimen. An alternative topic for those with a need for/interest in the Sample Explorer, it is expected that substantial progress can be made in the hackathon setting with a complete the integration possible.
The tranSMART Foundation and the development teams are please to announce that the Virtual Machines are now available for the latest version of the tranSMART Platform v1.2. More information can be found at the tranSMART Foundation wiki pages.
Users and future users of the latest v1.2 of the tranSMART Platform, are you interested in some User Training? At the end of our 2014 Annual Meeting, we will be conducting a 3 hour Training Session. It will include 2 hours of instructor led training followed by individual exploration of the platform for an additional hour. There will be no cost to attend this Training. The training session will be led by Rancho BioSciences. For more information and to register, please CLICK HERE.
Go to the tranSMART Foundation's YouTube Channel (link on every page at the upper right) to see the recorded webinars of the Platform v1.2 Launch Events held on Sept 9th and 10th. You can also get more information on the Release of v1.2 and use annotated Links to the You Tube videos HERE. See the Platform in action! Catch up on some of the many changes that are expanding the utility and versatility of the tranSMART Platform. Hear about the new initiatives on Documentation, Tutorials and Training.
Register Now for the 2014 Annual Meeting on Oct 14-16th.More Information on the Annual Meeting is HERE.
the tranSMART Foundation held a 2-day Launch Event, with talks and demonstrations held in the US and UK on successive days earlier this week. On Tuesday, September 9th, Brian Athey, CSO of the Foundation, hosted the Launch Event where attendees heard from CEO Keith Elliston on the achievement of the v1.2 Release. Keith echoed the sentiment of many, reflecting on the number of contributors and volunteer testers who helped bring the latest release to completion. Seven separate demonstrations were given of new features of the release, that is was highlighted by Brian as including core system improvements, interface changes, key new analysis features, new data types and the ability to connect to external services. A new look for the Foundation was also revealed in a new set of logos, a new website design as well as a number of other changes. The Event was wrapped up by Keith as he described the success of the past 18 months in achieving the goals set at that time. The next day, Yikes Guo, CTO of the Foundation, hosted a similar Event at the offices of IDBS in London. Again the demonstrations were very exciting in showing off the new version.
We will be adding content of interest to our Members and friends from not only Foundation activities but elsewhere from the field of translational medicine, genetic research, molecular medicine and related fields.
As part of our increased engagement with the scientific community, tranSMART has prepared and launched a YouTube channel that will allow access to recordings of past Annual Meetings (the 2013 Paris Meeting recordings are now available) as well as Monthly Community webinars and other informational audio and video components that will keep our international network up to date on tranSMART activities.
Planning is in full swing for our 2014 Annual Meeting which is being held at the University of Michigan on Oct 14-16th. In following last year’s meeting in Paris, we are planning another outstanding program of keynote speakers, presentations and posters as well as meetings of the 3C Committees (Code, Content and Community) and their Working Groups. A Hackathon is also planned. If you would like to present your research project which uses the tranSMART Platform either as a presentation or poster, please contact the organizers soon as they are finalizing the program.
The tranSMART Foundation is charging forward with the continuing development of the tranSMART Version 1.2 platform, with our public Launch Events for the release on September 9th. Version 1.2 will see several additions and improvements, most notably support for both Oracle and Ingres. Additions include enhancements in cross trial analyses and in a built-out workspace that will allow for query settings to be saved between sets of analysis. Added to the feature set are Genome Wide Association Studies GWAS) as well as integration with R among several other key features.