RFC Name : User Training Strategy

Editor(s): NatalieYeung

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This is an official Request for Comment (RFC) for training new users.

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May 18, 2007 - RFC creation. Open for public comment

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As Cytoscape undergoes continuous improvement, there is a constant need for revisions to the tutorials. In addition to making the most current content available, we are aiming to provide users with comprehensive and quality training resources. This will make the software more accessible to new users and introduce advanced users to powerful functionality that they can efficiently implement.

Ideally, we would like to compile a “toolbox” of educational resources and develop a strategy for effectively training Cytoscape users.

Possible tools include:

Biological Questions / Use Cases

The current tutorials already address these general use cases by being structured around completing a task, instead of comprising a feature list of technical specifications. They are by no means exhaustive, but do aim to integrate different functions of Cytoscape into a coherent whole by modeling a possible project. Perhaps we can extend this task-oriented strategy to other resources as well.

General Notes

Some suggested conferences:

  1. ISMB: Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (http://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2007/registration/)

    • Opportunities offered: tutorials (4 h), proposal template exists on site
    • 2007 conference July 21-25; proposal deadline was Dec. 15
    • 2008 conference date unknown
  2. AAAS: American Association for the Advancement of Science (http://www.aaas.org)

    • Opportunities offered: special sessions (3 h) with multiple sessions possible
    • 2008 conference Feb. 14-18
  3. ICSB: International Conference on Systems Biology (http://www.icsb-2008.org)

    • Opportunities offered: tutorials (3 h) before the conference
    • 2007 conference Oct. 1-6; deadline was Apr. 30
    • 2008 conference tutorial presentations Aug. 22 – 23; submit 1 page pdf
  4. PSB: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (http://psb.stanford.edu/cfp.html)

  5. RECOMB: Research in Computational Molecular Biology (http://www.comp.nus.edu.sg/~recomb08/)

    • Opportunities offered: papers (25 min oral), posters, satellite workshops
    • 2008 conference Mar. 30 – Apr. 2; submit papers by Sept. 24 and posters by Feb. 4
  6. ASMS: American Society for Mass Spectrometry (http://www.asms.org)

    • Opportunities offered: tutorials (1.5 h), short courses (1 or 2 full days)
    • 2007 conference June 3-7; abstract deadline was Feb. 2
    • 2008 conference June 1-5; abstract deadline unknown
  7. FASEB: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (http://faseb.org)

    • Organizes multiple Summer Research Conferences each year, and member organizations hold independent conferences as well
    • example: Experimental Biology, Apr 5-9, 2008
    • example: American Society of Human Genetics, Oct 24-26, 2008: 1.5-2 h sessions
  8. FOCIS: Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (http://www.focisnet.org/index.php)

    • a federation structure of 20 Member Societies and 15 Affiliate Societies, working in areas such as Rheumatology, Dermatology, Diabetes, Cytokine Research, Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
    • 2007 conference June 7-11, San Diego
    • 2008 conference June 5-9, Boston
    • 2009 conference June 11-15, San Francisco
  9. AIChE: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (http://www.aiche.org/)

    • perhaps somewhat of a departure from the biological audience but their annual meetings are huge affairs which in the past have include Systems Biology tracks.
    • 2007 annual meeting November 7-9, Salt Lake City
  10. AACR: American Association for Cancer Research (http://www.aacr.org/)

  11. American College of Cardiology (http://www.acc.org/index.htm)

    • holds many conferences and education programs, one of the largest being the Innovations in Intervention Summit (I2)
    • Research that used Cytoscape (at Stanford Medical School and Agilent) was presented at annual scientific session in 2006.
    • 2008 annual conference, March 29 - April 1, Chicago


Funding for Cytoscape is provided by a federal grant from the U.S. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the Na tional Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number GM070743-01. Corporate funding is provided through a contract from Unilever PLC.

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