Dr. Jason Rafe Miller, Assistant Professor, Informatics Department, J. Craig Venter Institute, will speak on the Arabidopsis Information Portal (Araport) on November 30 at 6:30 in HT 319. Araport is a web resource centered on Arabidopsis thaliana, the flowering plant whose genome sequence serves as a model for all of plant science. The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a world leader in genomic research, is a multidisciplinary genomic-focused organization with more than 250 scientists and staff, more than 250,000 square feet of laboratory space, and locations in Rockville, Maryland and La Jolla, California. Araport integrates data from major sources including NCBI, UniProt, PubMed, TAIR, BAR, EPIC CoGe, IntAct, Atted II, KEGG, and the 1001 Genomes Project. Araport hosts a community-extensible collection of web services to promote programmatic integration of Araport and 3rd party data. Araport includes a data warehouse application called ThaleMine built with the InterMine data mining software. ThaleMine enables stored and ad hoc queries across complex data types. ThaleMine analysis tools include data filtering, set intersection, and enrichment analysis. In this talk, Dr. MIller will demonstrate the portal, explain its relevance to biology, and ponder how future data mining experts might extend its functionality. This event is free and open to the public.
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