Author Archives: Rob Edwards

Linux security tips and tricks

So you want to allow users to upload files to your server? This can be dangerous, very quickly someone will upload a malicious PHP script that allows them access to the directories of your web applications.

Here are some tips and tricks to aid in the safety of your server. We use all of these, and some others that are not included here so that the bad guys can’t figure out all of our security approaches!

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SoCal Hackathon 2018

We are pleased to announce the SoCal Bioinformatics Hackathon.

From 10-12 January, 2018, the NCBI will help run a bioinformatics hackathon in Southern California hosted by San Diego State University!  The hackathon will focus on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data, proteomics, and metadata. This event is for researchers, including students and postdocs, who have already engaged in the use of bioinformatics data or in the development of pipelines for bioinformatics analyses from high-throughput experiments. Some projects are available to other non-scientific developers, mathematicians, or librarians.

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NSF Conflicts

For several years the NSF have been prototyping a spreadsheet based conflicts reporting system. The spreadsheet typically has the following fields:


C Name: Organizational Affiliation Optional (email, Department) Last Active

The problem is you need to make this file every time you submit a grant. Here is a somewhat trivial solution, but hopefully it will help you create this file.

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