Get a grip on your data: Register now for the 2011 GMOD meeting, Mar 5-6

Registration is now open for the March 2011 GMOD Meeting. This meeting will be held March 5-6, as part of GMOD Americas 2011, which also includes a day of Satellite Meetings, a GMOD Course (already full), and for the first time, an "Introduction to GMOD" session the night before the meeting for GMOD newcomers. GMOD Americas 2011 events are being held at the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, North Carolina, United States.

The Generic Model Organism Database (GMOD, project is a collection of interoperable open-source software components for annotating, visualizing, managing and analyzing biological data. GMOD is also an active community of software developers and biologists addressing common challenges with their data. The GMOD suite includes widely used tools such as GBrowse and JBrowse (and WebGBrowse) for genome browsing, Apollo and MAKER for genome annotation, GBrowse_syn and CMap for comparative genomics visualization, Chado, BioMart and InterMine for data integration, management, and querying, and Galaxy and Ergatis (and ISGA) for data analysis.

As with previous GMOD meetings, this meeting will have a mixture of project talks, component talks, and user talks. Our guest speaker is Dr. Eric Stone of North Carolina State University. Dr. Stone will talk about his experience on the "Drosophila Genome Reference Panel," a project that is sequencing and annotating almost 200 inbred lines.

The agenda is driven by attendee suggestions, and you are encouraged to add your suggestions now ( For examples of what happens at a GMOD meeting, see the writeup of the September 2010 GMOD Meeting (, or any previous meeting. GMOD meetings are an excellent way to meet GMOD developers and users and to learn (and affect) what's coming in the project.

Registration for the March 2011 GMOD Meeting is $95. Please register early to ensure a spot. You are also strongly encouraged to sign up for (or propose) a Satellite Meeting (more details to come). Details on transportation, suggested lodging, and other logistics are on the GMOD Americas 2011 page.

This meeting, and all GMOD Americas 2011 events, are jointly sponsored by NESCent and the Galaxy Project.

Dave Clements
Galaxy Project

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