2nd guest talk in Cambridge: Amy Tang from EBI – Data sharing & Open Science

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to our 2nd Guest Talk in Cambridge on the 7th of July at 7 pm at the Red Bull pub on Barton road.

Our guest speaker is Dr Amy Tang from EMBL-EBI. Originally trained as a mouse developmental geneticist, Amy is the curation and training lead for ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas databases.  She leads the ArrayExpress data submission service for functional genomics data (e.g. expression arrays, RNA-seq, ChIP-seq), drives the user-centric development of submission tool Annotare, and delivers training on best practices of sharing biological data. Before joining EMBL-EBI, Amy was a senior bioinformatician in the Ensembl GeneBuild team, curating gene models for key model organisms such as mouse and rat. She holds a PhD in mouse epigenetics (2006) and a MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (2008), both from Imperial College London.

Amy’s talk will be “Data sharing and reproducibility — musings of a data archive’s gatekeeper”.

Abstract: Research reproducibility has been a buzz word in recent years.  Some mainstream media (e.g. BBC, Forbes, Guardian) have introduced the issue to the public, which helps to raise its awareness, but most of the discussions outside of the Open Data community remain at the level of dissecting the problem, or offering solutions which mitigate but not tackle the root causes.  In this talk, I will share my experience from interacting with depositors of ~4000 data sets at ArrayExpress as well as my discussions with several journal publishers, on what I perceive as the major challenges in tackling poor reproducibility of research.  As I bid farewell to EMBL-EBI this summer, I will also reflect on the measures we’ve implemented in ArrayExpress to address some of the issues, and what more can be done as a community.

The event is free but please let us know that you are coming!


Repositive is sponsoring this event by providing pizzas 🙂




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