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The 2018 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2018) and Bioinformatics Open Source Conference 2018 (BOSC2018) are joining together for a unified event to be held in Portland, Oregon, United States, June 25-30, 2018.  The event features two days of training, a two day meeting, and finish with two or four days of intense collaboration at the GCC OBF CollaborationFest Core and Encore events.  The meeting will feature joint and parallel sessions, and shared keynotes, poster and demo sessions, and social events.  Colocating GCC and BOSC will bring together the widest possible community of bioinformatics developers and practitioners into a single place.  At this event the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.

The event is organized by Oregon Health & Science University and will be held at Reed College, a small liberal arts college in Portland. Conference housing is available in two Reed College residence hall complexesPortland is a vibrant city in the American Northwest, close to the Cascade Mountains, the Oregon Coast, and the Columbia River. 

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Tuesday, June 26 • 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Introduction to Common Workflow Language

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Common Workflow Language (http://commonwl.org) is a standard for writing portable scientific workflows that can execute on a variety of compute environments and workflow systems.

  • What is CWL, history
  • Status of CWL implementations (Arvados, Toil, Rabix, Galaxy, Cromwell, cwtool, ...)
  • Wrapping bioinformatics tools in CWL
  • Connecting tools together into workflows
  • Best practices for writing portable workflows
  • Hands on "bring your own pipeline" session
  • Q&A on advanced topics based on audience


  • Unix command line experience
  • Experience with Docker

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Michael R. Crusoe

Project Lead & Co-founder, Common Workflow Language
Michael R. Crusoe is one of the co-founders of the CWL project and is the CWL Project Lead. His facilitation, technical contributions, and training on behalf of the project draw from his time as the former lead developer of C. Titus Brown's k-h-mer project, his previous career as... Read More →

Tuesday June 26, 2018 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Training Venue 2