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BioCompute Database and Transfer Mechanism Development Workshop

This workshop will demonstrate tools available via BioCompute Portal and how they enable interoperability in research and regulatory spaces

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About this event

The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate the tools available via the BioCompute Objects Portal, and how they enable interoperability in both research and regulatory review for scientists in the public or private spaces, and especially from the perspective of FDA personnel. As part of the larger goal of improving communication between the FDA and private sector and reducing organizational burden on both ends, this workshop will first introduce how the BioCompute Portal can build BioCompute Objects (BCOs) for workflow capture and reproducibility. The BioCompute Portal provides a framework for supporting workflow capture and improving reproducibility by providing user-friendly tools such as the BioCompute Object Builder (BCOB) that enables the creation of 2791-2020-compliant BCOs without requiring a user to know any code. We will demonstrate how the Portal can be securely used to manage, create, transfer, and publish objects that contain sensitive information. The BioCompute Portal presentation will also include the BioCompute Documentation site to introduce new users and acclimate current users to the newly restructured site. Following the introduction, we will walk through how a new user would sign up for an account on DB, the account activation process, and dashboard preview. This demo will also highlight the difference between a registered users’ dashboard and an unregistered public user’s, including access to user resources (best practices, user guide, etc.). Portal infrastructure could be extended to any company or institution that would like to establish their own private DB using the open-source repository and documentation on GitHub ( This workshop will demonstrate how the BCO framework is integrated into external platforms by showcasing the BCO transfer mechanism(s) from external resources to the Portal via API.



January 12 2022 | 11AM-12:30PM ET


Virtual: WebEx details provided to registrants 1 week prior to workshop and on calendar invite.


11:00AM-11:10AM | Introduction | Janisha Patel

11:10AM-11:25AM | Portal walkthrough | Janisha Patel

11:25AM-11:35AM | Demo of user account and DB access | Janisha Patel

11:35AM-11:50AM | Description of DB and schema | Hadley King

11:50AM-12:00PM | Transfer from Galaxy, HIVE, & local machine (using CLI) | Hadley King

12:00PM-12:30PM | Questions / Discussion