Community Studios

DaSL Community Studios are events designed to catalyze community and conversations around shared workflows and interests in biomedical data science topics. They are spaces where folks from across Fred Hutch and the Cancer Consortium can meet to see new methods and ways of working, to share their own insights into their work, and to get constructive feedback about how they could improve their computing work.

In Community Studios we hold closely the belief that we are all on the same team. Even though you may be the only computing or data science practitioner in your working group, we are committed to creating an environment where all feel welcome to share their experiences. This way, despite the challenges we face in our work, we can all learn from each other and improve our skills.

DaSL employees will moderate, attend, and occasionally present on topics in the Community Studios.

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Community Studios Mission Statement

The Mission of DaSL Community Studios is to provide a psychologically safe, professional environment to co-learn topics in biomedical data science and to share and apply this knowledge together across groups at Fred Hutch.

Community Studio Values:

  • Research doesn’t need to be lonely. We learn and work best with our peers.
  • The ways that data impacts our work at Fred Hutch are wide and varied. There is no one right way, but there are best practices we can aspire to.
  • Sharing knowledge in public is important. Together, our collective knowledge can help us all improve how we work. Everyone knows something that could help someone else in our community.
  • Asking questions is a way of taking care of our peers. They often may have the same questions, but might be reluctant to ask them.

Participation Guidelines

Please be aware that all Community Studio events adhere to the Community Studio Participation Guidelines. This is to make a safe space for all.

Interested? Join us!

Join the FH Data Slack and the following channels for the ongoing discussion.

  • #sci-soft-studio
  • #research-informatics-studio

and join our mailing list by emailing Sana Hirata (

Community Studio Topics

Community studios are roughly organized by topic. However, there’s a lot of overlap between them, so if a topic sounds interesting, please come!

Scientific Software Development

We focus on building, sharing, and publishing scientific software.

Research Informatics

We focus on topics in Research Informatics, especially high performance computing (HPC). No matter what you do on HPC (use Rstudio/JuptyerLab, run jobs on SLURM, use WDL to execute workflows) we want you to attend!

Schedule for Community Studios

Research Informatics Community Studios

This is the Season 1 - Spring 2024 schedule (3/28-5/30) for the Research Informatics Community Studios. These events are Hybrid on Zoom. The DaSL Lounge (M1-B406) will be reserved during these times if you want to attend in person. If you want to participate, you will need to bring a laptop to work on the Google Doc together.

All RSVP links go to a Zoom registration page for that specific event. If you prefer, you can also add the event through the CenterNet link. Notes links will be posted day after the the event.

Date Time RSVP CenterNet Link (FH Only) Community Notes
March 28, 2024 12:30 PM RSVP CenterNet Session Notes
April 4, 2024 1 PM PDT RSVP CenterNet Session Notes
April 18, 2024 12:30 PM PDT RSVP here CenterNet Session Notes
May 2, 2024 12:30 PM PDT RSVP here CenterNet Posted after Session
May 16, 2024 12:30 PM PDT RSVP here CenterNet Posted after Session
May 30, 2024 12:30 PM PDT RSVP here CenterNet Posted after Session


The Data Science Lab offers some training courses that will be helpful to you wherever you are in your computational journey. There are also links to other great online sources for learning.

For more info about registering for courses, please go here.