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New Article: "Recommendations on e-infrastructures for next-generation sequencing" !
Final Conference Proceedings !

The Proceedings of the Final Conference are available at:

NGS and Bioinformatics courses repository !

A new NGS and Bioinformatics courses repository was created as a result of the COST Workshop “Best practices for training in Next Generation Sequencing Analysis” in 13-14 January 2015!

New article by SeqAhead partners published 17 August 2015 !

Biology Direct:“Experiences with workflows for automating data-intensive bioinformatics”, Ola Spjuth, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Guillermo Carrasco Hernández, Lukas Forer, Mario Giovacchini, Roman Valls Guimera, Aleksi Kallio, Eija Korpelainen, Maciej M Kan ́ duła, Milko Krachunov, David P Kreil, Ognyan Kulev, Paweł Łabaj, Samuel Lampa, Luca Pireddu, Sebastian Schönherr, Alexey Siretskiy and Dimitar Vassilev”,

All videos of the e-Infrastructures Conference in Sweden available on a Special YouTube channel “COST Workshop: e-Infrastructures for Massively Parallel Sequencing ”,

COST Action BM1006 Final Conference and MC Meeting

"Next Generation Sequencing: a look into the future”, 16-17 March 2015, Bratislava, Slovakia

New Training School announcement (Latvia) “COST Basic training on NGS data analysis”,

A 3 day training course, which is aimed at introduction of new users to the world of NGS data analysis.

New workshop announcement

Data Structures in Bioinformatics in Montpellier, France from 8-9th of December 2014 a workshop of WG4 on Data Structures in Bioinformatics.

SeqAhead in the media

The “NGS data after the Gold rush” Conference in the media.

The “NGS data after the Gold rush” Conference in Chirpstory.

New list of Workshops, Training Schools and Conference “NGS data after the Gold rush” announced in the Meetings area! meetings:

An educational article in BRIEFINGS IN BIOINFORMATICS promoted by SeqAhead Best practices in bioinformatics training for life scientists

A nice article acknowledging SeqAhead was recently published in Bioinformatics: SeqPig: simple and scalable scripting for large sequencing data sets in Hadoop

SeqAhead is acknowledged in the year 2014 article: Integrated Bio-Search: challenges and trends for the integration, search and comprehensive processing of biological information

SeqAhead was presented at the Bioinformatics Day of ApugliaBioinformatics Day in Apuglia

UPPMAX acknowledged SeqAhead in their article ”Lessons learned from implementing a national infrastructure in Sweden for storage and analysis of next-generation sequencing data

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This is the homepage of COST Action BM1006: Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis Network.

  • COST is an EU-funded program and stands for Cooperation in Science and Technology. It provides networking for scientists in all interested EU countries on a specific topic.
  • The topic of this action is Analysis of next generation sequencing data.
  • Involved countries and persons, including the Management Committee, can be found at the COST web page of this action.

Next generation sequencing (NGS) is a highly parallelised approach for quickly and economically sequencing new genomes, re-sequencing large numbers of known genomes, or for rapidly investigating transcriptomes under different conditions. Producing data on an unprecedented scale, these techniques are now driving the generation of knowledge (especially in biomedicine and molecular life sciences) to new dimensions. The massive data volumes being generated by these new technologies require new data handling and storage methods. Hence, the life science community urgently needs new and improved approaches to facilitate NGS data management and analysis. This COST Action unites bioinformaticians, computer scientists and biomedical scientists, harnessing their expertise to bring NGS data management and analysis to new levels of efficiency and integration. Rigorous surveillance of NGS technology and NGS-related software developments will allow this Action to generate software solutions for future NGS opportunities in a timely manner.


The primary objective is to develop a coordinated action plan for scientific community, to help deal with the flood of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data in an efficient and coherent manner using state-of- the-art bioinformatics. Establishment of a strong European network of NGS centres, data-analysis and informatics will facilitate and stimulate the exchange of data, protocols, software, experiences and ideas. The Action will implement a ‘technology watch’ to monitor developments in bioinformatics software, in NGS technology, in data-storage and processing hardware, in data visualisation and graphical interfaces. Moreover, this Action will develop a strategic communication, dissemination, and education plan for NGS bioinformatics, to distribute knowledge and expertise via concerted education and publication programs.


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