Monday, December 12

  1. Opening remarks by NSF observers: Greg Warr, Program Director of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) and Machi Dilworth, Office Director of Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE)
  2. Blake Meyers, IAIC Interim Director- Goals of the Design Workshop and Expected Outcomes
  3. Presentations by the IAIC Working Group Chairs- Summaries of WG discussions
    1. Modules and Use Cases (Nick Provart, University of Toronto)
    2. Engineering/Architecture/Infrastructure (Matt Vaughn, University of Texas-Austin)
    3. Standards and Ontologies (Pankaj Jaiswal, Oregon State University- Corvallis)
  4. Developing and refining a community concept for the Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP)- Working Groups review comments/concerns put forth by other attendees.
  5. Presentations by members of relevant Database and Informatics Projects.
    1. Francis Ouellette (Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Canada): Accessing and using data from the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC): working with large genotype/phenotype data sets
    2. Mark Forster (Syngenta RDIS, UK): Elixir – Evolution of the European public life science information infrastructure
    3. Dan Stanzione (iPlant Collaborative and Texas Advanced Computing Center, USA): The iPlant Collaborative: a quick overview
  6. To Infinity… And Beyond. Where will our science be in 10 years- working group explorations.

Tuesday, December 13

  1. Magnus Nordborg (University of Southern California and Gregor Mendel Institute, Vienna): The 1,001 Genomes Project
  2. Working Group feedback from previous ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ exploration exercise.
  3. Blake Meyers: What are key components of the Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP)?
  4. Mingled small groups of 6 (Round 1): Design the Ideal AIP (e.g. 10 years out: What does it do? How does it do it? What does it resemble? Engineers act as designers, and interview the biologists)
  5. (Round 1) group presentations on AIP Designs; audience members note what they liked, concerns; production of meta list of questions for small groups to answer about their design.
  6. New mingled small groups of 6 (Round 2): refining AIP Designs based on previous discussion.
  7. (Round 2) group presentations: Audience evaluates using PPCO (Positives– what’s good about the ideas? Potentials– what future positives might result from the plan? Concerns– what are concerns, phrased as open-ended questions starting with ..How to? Overcoming concerns- brainstorming ideas for addressing concerns)
  8. Reorganized groups define challenges for the AIP; revise AIP vision; address challenges.

Wednesday, December 14

  1. Creating several ‘Dream Teams’ with ‘Fantasy PIs’ to lead development of the ‘Ideal AIP’. Examples of topics for consideration: What might it cost? Who needs to be involved? How long would it take? What are the elements? What would be the transformative aspects of your proposal? What is the path you would take? What are the challenges that you will face?
  2. Four Dream Team Groups, led by Fantasy PIs: developing shared documents to develop an Ideal AIP: addressing challenges, visualizing approaches, etc.
  3. Closing Funding Opportunity Remarks by Observers: Greg Warr, Machi Dilworth, Michael Ball.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. #1062348. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.