ITCR Training and Outreach Working Group


The ITCR TOW aims to increase the impact of the technologies developed by ITCR funded participants (investigators and teams) and to support and connect ITCR participants.

Meeting Times!

We meet on the second Thursday of every month from 4-5 PM EST.

Please contact us at the form to the left if you'd like the link to join!

We are considering starting a different meeting time to help improve access. Please fill out this poll (also included in form to left) for alternative times that would work for you!

Goals of TOW working group:

  1. Support development and dissemination of open source software

  2. Enhance awareness and access for technologies developed by ITCR researchers

  3. Facilitate connections among ITCR participants

  4. Provide education for technology developers and users


To achieve the above goals we plan to:

  1. Co-create and demonstrate education and training related to best practices for PIs and trainees on topics such as software development, informatics lab management, tool documentation, and more!

  2. Co-develop tools to help people find ITCR related work.

  3. Provide opportunities for ITCR participants to meet, share their work, share their workflows, and maybe start collaborations!

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Tentative Schedule

August 11th: Next meeting we will co-develop an outline and a writing plan for a manuscript about analyzing software user metrics. Contributors with expertise (or willingness to do literature review) who help us write will be eligible to receive authorship! Click below if you would like to contribute but can't attend (and didn't yet reach out to us otherwise).

Future Meeting Ideas

  • Workshop on tool use metrics

  • IDARE (Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity) initiative planning

  • Collaborative course development/workshop on tool use metrics

  • Workshop on publishing courses with ITCR Training Network (ITN)

  • Social Media Workshop

Please reach out at the form above if you have other ideas!


Past Meetings

  • July 14th: Discussion about the utility of analyzing tool user metrics and possible course and/or manuscript co-development

Speakers: Mary Goldman (Xena), Martin Morgan (formally analyzed metrics for Bioconductor), Michael Reich (GenePattern, IGV, and GSEA)!

Click the button below if you want access to more information about this.

  • June 9th: Documentation and Usability Workshop by Candace Savonen

See slides from this meeting at this link.

  • May 12th: Discussion of TOW future and Introduction to the ITCR training Network

See slides from this meeting at this link.

See here for meetings from before May 2022.