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Wed 13 May 2020
09:30 - 11:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Facility - Online LIVE Training (Time Zone = BST)

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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EMBL-EBI: Introduction to the European Nucleotide Sequence Archive (Online)

Wed 13 May 2020


The European Nucleotide Sequence Archive (ENA) is a global database for storing experimental nucleotide data and also interpreted data (alignment files, variant calling, analysis results). ENA is the database where all raw and consensus viral sequence data should be deposited, including SARS-Cov-2 data. The data is submitted by scientists conducting sequencing experiments and publishing research in the area. Data is fully searchable and available for download. Sequence data includes raw NGS files (FastQ, BAM…), assembled genomes and transcriptomes, and annotated sequences (protein coding genes, non coding RNA, barcode genes, HLA genes).

This training is aimed at a wide range of users that need to retrieve data from ENA, either occasionally or on a regular basis, or those users who will have retrieval needs closer to the course time.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Target audience
  • The workshop is suitable for scientists that are producing sequence data and require a platform to publish it, and for bioinformaticians wishing to search and analyse third party sequence data.
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Please be aware that there is no charge for this event.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

No previous bioinformatics experience is required, but an undergraduate level understanding of biology would be an advantage.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 13 May   09:30 - 11:30 09:30 - 11:30 Bioinformatics Training Facility - Online LIVE Training (Time Zone = BST) Sam Holt
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Database search, Data retrieval


After this course you should be able to:

  • submit all types of sequence data
  • submit supplementary interpreted data such as variant calls, alignment files, annotation tables
  • browse the ENA database in detail, learning about its structure and the type of data it contains

During this course you will learn about:


Presentations and demonstrations


2 hours


Once a year


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