• Event
  • Scientific training

COPO Workshop 2019

Collaborative Open Plant Omics. Describe and deposit your data painlessly.

Start date:

20 March 2019

End date:

20 March 2019


10h00 - 16h00


Earlham Institute

Registration deadline:

17 March 2019



About the event.

What is the workshop about?

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COPO is a portal for plant scientists to describe, store and retrieve data more easily. Data description is critical to increase the value of the data itself, allowing scientists (and online search tools) to better understand its relevance.

COPO assists scientists with labelling and tagging their work, in other words 'contextualising research', so that it is found at the right time and place. It seeks to make it easy for scientists to share their results, by making helpful suggestions for what information you might want to submit, based on past submissions and similar workflows from other scientists. It will also provide a way to get credit for work, such as source code or research data which don’t typically get citations in scientific papers, even though they are crucial for actually undertaking research.

Publications, data, images, and other ‘research objects’ can be submitted through COPO to remote long-term storage repositories. By providing a helpful graphical user interface (GUI), COPO relieves much of the eye-watering formatting burden required for preparing the information that goes alongside the research data.

In technical terms, COPO creates, aggregates and describes research objects. It normalises metadata to specific controlled vocabularies (ontologies), assisting with integration and standardisation of data through consistent terminology, boosting reproducibility and impact of research.

This workshop is provided as two two-hour sessions, providing plant researchers a light demonstration followed by real-data hands-on opportunities. So you can explore your own data and how to make the most of it in the comfort of our facilities with our experts on-hand to assist with any queries.


Delegates should ideally have a suitable dataset available to bring on the day of the workshop to experience the true hands-on nature of submitting and retrieving data using the COPO platform.

During the workshop you will use your own laptop. You will need an ORCiD ID to access the application. If you don't already have one, visit https://orcid.org/register to register for an ORCiD ID.

Target audience:

This workshop is aimed primarily at plant researchers. However, any researcher intending to submit data to a remote repository is encouraged to attend.

Data types that are supported in COPO are: FASTQs to European Nucleotide Archive (ENA); PDFs, Images files, Spreadsheets, etc to Figshare (https://figshare.com).


20 March 2019



09:30 - 10:00


10:00 - 12:00

Welcome and overview of COPO

Hands-on: Creating/editing profiles and publications; Lookup services; Sample type and ontology lookup; Metadata attribution via wizard

12:00 - 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 16:00

Hands-on: Submitting your data to a remote repository

Q&A and feedback

16:00 - 16:15


Further information.

For further information on COPO visit copo-project.org

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Fees and accommodation.

Registration is free of charge. No lunch or refreshments are provided.