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Bioinformatics training: a review of challenges, actions and support requirements.

Authors
  • Schneider, Maria Victoria
  • Watson, James
  • Attwood, Teresa
  • Rother, Kristian
  • Budd, Aidan
  • McDowall, Jennifer
  • Via, Allegra
  • Fernandes, Pedro
  • Nyronen, Tommy
  • Blicher, Thomas
  • Jones, Phil
  • Blatter, Marie-Claude
  • De Las Rivas, Javier
  • Judge, David Phillip
  • van der Gool, Wouter
  • Brooksbank, Cath
Type
Published Article
Journal
Briefings in Bioinformatics
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2010
Volume
11
Issue
6
Pages
544–551
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbq021
PMID: 20562256
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

As bioinformatics becomes increasingly central to research in the molecular life sciences, the need to train non-bioinformaticians to make the most of bioinformatics resources is growing. Here, we review the key challenges and pitfalls to providing effective training for users of bioinformatics services, and discuss successful training strategies shared by a diverse set of bioinformatics trainers. We also identify steps that trainers in bioinformatics could take together to advance the state of the art in current training practices. The ideas presented in this article derive from the first Trainer Networking Session held under the auspices of the EU-funded SLING Integrating Activity, which took place in November 2009.

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