Gen3 - Archived Events

Gen3 Community Events

About every other month, there is a virtual Gen3 Forum for the community of Gen3 developers, operators, sponsors and users of Gen3 data platforms. These events aim to share information about how to set up new Gen3 instances, build a community that can help each other, and create clear paths for support from the Gen3 core development team.

Previous Community Forum Events

May 1, 2023, 3:30-5:00 pm CST; May 2, 2023, 6:30-8:00 am AEST

How to Build a Data Mesh Using Gen3

Data meshes or ecosystems consist of an interconnected network of data resources (e.g. data commons, repositories, or knowledgebases) that are integrated by utilizing a common set of software services. Each component data resource may have many of its own systems and separate governance, but they are all connected via framework or mesh services such as authentication and authorization, data indexing, and metadata services. In this Gen3 community event we'll describe the Gen3 Mesh Services, and you will hear from a few projects and applications that are utilizing the Gen3 mesh functionality. As always we will leave plenty of time for questions and discussion.

April 5, 2023, 4:00-5:00 pm CST; April 6, 2023, 7:00-8:00 am AEST

Gen3 Forum Office Hours - Helm Charts

Join us for an informal session where a platform engineer from the Center for Translational Data Science (CTDS) will be on hand to answer your questions about using Helm Charts for setting up a Gen3 Data Commons.

March 1, 2023, 3:30-5:00 pm CST; March 2, 2023, 8:30-10:00 am AEST

How to Set Up a Gen3 Data Commons Using Helm Charts

We will take you through the current best practices for setting up and configuring your own Gen3 Data Commons in multiple clouds by using Helm Charts. Helm is a tool that streamlines installing and managing Kubernetes applications, which is a system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. The use of Helm will greatly simplify standing up, configuring, and maintaining your own Gen3 Data Commons. This is the first of a series of community events through 2023.

Oct 10-12, 2022 US; Oct 11-13, 2022 AU

Gen3 Community Forum 2022

The Gen3 Community Forum consists of those developing and operating Gen3 data commons and data meshes, those considering developing Gen3 data commons and meshes, and other stakeholders involved with the Gen3 community. The four aims of the Forum are: to share knowledge about Gen3, its architecture, and the Gen3 roadmaps and priorities; to strengthen the connection between the Gen3 core team and those developing, operating and using Gen3 platforms; to design a set of ongoing community engagement activities; and to discuss and agree on key shared development priorities between the Gen3 core team and the Gen3 community. The virtual community forum is co-hosted by the University of Chicago and the Australian BioCommons.

Previous Webinars

August 15, 2022


As a part of becoming compliant with FAIR2-FAIR4, Gen3 has deployed metadata services and the metadata API to facilitate the process. Join us as we discuss DCF Framework services and the Gen3 Metadata API.

August 24th, 2020

NCI DCFS Quality Assurance Processes

As part of building Framework Services, we want to provide reliable and scalable solutions to our users. Join our quality assurance team to discuss what is involved before a code or data release to ensure that DCFS provides a reliable, scalable and secure way to access both open and controlled datasets.

June 9th, 2020

NCI DCFS Interoperability with Framework Services

Join us as we discuss Framework Services and how it enables interoperability across ecosystems. During this webinar we'll dive into the technical details of Gen3’s open-source implementation of Framework Services, including AuthN/AuthZ and standards such as GA4GH's Data Repository Service (DRS).

August 8th, 2019

Gen3 Data Exploration

Join us as we walk through Gen3’s services and demonstrate how researchers can bring data into Gen3 and get access to a data ecosystem with open-source tools to drive scientific discovery. During this webinar we will demonstrate how to explore and analyze cancer cell line data in Gen3.

June 13th, 2019

Data Science with Gen3 - Using Jupyter Notebooks

Join us as we walk through Gen3’s services and demonstrate how researchers can bring data into Gen3 and get access to a data ecosystem with open-source tools to drive scientific discovery. During this webinar we will dive into the details of data science with Gen3 and how Jupyter Notebooks work with Gen3.

May 9th, 2019

Gen3 Data Modeling - Herding Data Submissions & Hunting Down Data (Sheepdog & Peregrine)

This webinar will cover the creation of data models, and data dictionaries in Gen3.

Mar. 13th, 2019

DCF Services Webinar - Authentication, Authorization and Data Access

During this webinar we will dive into technical details of the services that Data Commons Framework created such as Authentication, Authorization and Indexing with Fence & Indexd.

Feb. 14th, 2019

Introduction to Gen3

We will introduce attendees to the Gen3 platform and data commons more broadly. Join us as we walk through Gen3’s components and demonstrate how researchers can bring data into Gen3 and use our suite of open-source tools to drive scientific discovery.