Reproducible research workflows with containers

In NeSI’s July webinar, Tom Harrop from the University of Otago and Genomics Aotearoa fellow Joseph Guhlin will demonstrate why researchers should use containers in their workflows.

Tom and Joseph will work through a genome assembly, gene prediction, and a comparative genomics pipeline while explaining what benefits containers can provide. Specifically, Tom and Joseph will cover:

  • What containers are,
  • Why you would want to use containers for research, and
  • How you go about using them

What are containers?

Containers can be thought of as a computer within a computer, allowing researchers to run software without installation, saving time and effort, especially for software with heavy dependencies. They can be packaged up and redistributed, easing the path to reproducible and portable research.

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar is an introduction to containers for researchers who want to know what containers are, why they may be interested in using them, and how to get started. This is an introductory level 'show and tell'-style webinar and researchers from all domains are welcome to attend.

You are welcome to observe the webinar as a seminar or follow-along with the presenters as they walk attendees through an interactive tutorial. To actively follow along, you will need access to a computer or HPC with particular software tools installed - see the eventbrite page for more information

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Event Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:00 to 13:00