28 April, 2010


This could be come a new word in English is it becomes more frequent... well whilst most of Europe was grounded (and some colleagues from Ensembl stranded throughout the world) we only had to postpone one workshop... And our tour of Australia continued (we only had domestic flights and these weren't disrupted), coming to an end this week (I'm flying to Canberra where the ANU is hosting the last of the series).

Great feedback (thanks for filling those surveys, guys!), and our SNP Effect Predictor tool is becoming very useful, this trip also gave us a a chance to test (first hand) the speed of access to the browser and API from Australia.

This coming month, as Bert has already posted, we are attending a couple of conferences in France, if you are attending the Paris workshop (it may not be too late to register if you plan to be in town) you will have to clear security (it's hosted at the UNESCO at the end of the day), so come early (with your passport or ID card), we are also running a workshop in Montepellier (thanks to HUGO and specially Cathy for this one).

Back to Europe soon,


23 April, 2010

Ensembl Events in May 2010

In May we will have the following Ensembl events:

3-4 May: Ensembl module in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, US
6 May: Demo for the National Genetics Reference Lab, Manchester, UK
10 May: Browser workshop at the 3rd Variome Project Meeting, Paris, France
10-12 May: Ensembl module in the Wellcome Trust Open Door Workshop - Working with the Human Genome Sequence in Hinxton, UK
11 May: Ensembl Genomes module in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow at the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum, Edinburgh, UK
17 May: Browser workshop at the Human Genome Meeting 2010, Montpellier, France
18-20 May: Ensembl module in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow at the CSC - IT Center for Science, Helsinki, Finland
18-20 May: Ensembl Genomes module in the EBI Bioinformatics Roadshow at the CSC - IT Center for Science, Helsinki, Finland
27-28 May: Browser workshop at the University of Cambridge, UK

For details about these and other upcoming events, please have a look at the complete list of Ensembl training events.

Shortcut addresses for Ensembl versions

Want to be sure you are going to the right version of Ensembl? Whilst our archives can be accessed through the link at the bottom of each page, if you want to cite a particular version or access it directly, you previously needed to know the month and year of release to find the archive site (e.g. may2009.archive.ensembl.org).

Now, for the convenience of our users, we have introduced shortcuts that include the version number instead of the date. For example, typing:


into your browser will redirect you to the same May 2009 archive.

We have put these redirects in as far back as e30 - if the archive no longer exists, you will be directed to the next most recent one (unless doing so would mean a change of assembly, in which case you are redirected back to the last archive on your chosen assembly, if available).

P.S. Don't forget the 'e' at the beginning - we can't use plain numbers as it causes problems with DNS servers

12 April, 2010

¡ə Ensembl Down Under

Ensembl is running a series of workshops in Oz, starting today in Melbourne at the VLSCI (tomorrow we have a couple of seminars at the WEHI and Peter MacCallun). Later this week we will have a further workshop in Adelaide, to continue next week in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. So if you are in the area, why don't you come around?

Furthermore, we took this opportunity to finished the details of another coming workshop in Paris hosted by the Human Variome Project where in addition to Ensembl we will discuss other EBI resources such as EGA. There are still some seats available if you happen to be in Paris in May

Greetings from Melbourne.