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BioinformaticsTraining Network (BTN): a community resource for bioinformatics trainers

AuthorsSchneider, M. V.; De Las Rivas, Javier
KeywordsBioinformatics
Training; end users
Bioinformatics courses
Learning bioinformatics
Issue Date21-Aug-2011
PublisherOxford University Press
CitationBriefings in Informatics 13(3): 383-389 (2012)
AbstractFunding bodies are increasingly recognizing the need to provide graduates and researchers with access to short intensive courses in a variety of disciplines, in order both to improve the general skills base and to provide solid foundations on which researchers may build their careers. In response to the development of ‘high-throughput biology’, the need for training in the field of bioinformatics, in particular, is seeing a resurgence: it has been defined as a key priority by many Institutions and research programmes and is now an important component of many grant proposals. Nevertheless, when it comes to planning and preparing to meet such training needs, tension arises between the reward structures that predominate in the scientific community which compel individuals to publish or perish, and the time thatmust be devoted to the design, delivery andmaintenance of high-quality trainingmaterials. Conversely, there is much relevant teaching material and training expertise available worldwide that, were it properly organized, could be exploited by anyone who needs to provide training or needs to set up a new course. To do this, however, the materials would have to be centralized in a database and clearly tagged in relation to target audiences, learning objectives, etc. Ideally, they would also be peer reviewed, and easily and efficiently accessible for downloading. Here, we present the Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN), a new enterprise that has been initiated to address these needs and review it, respectively, to similar initiatives and collections.
DescriptionThis is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.-- et al.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bib/bbr064
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/55595
DOI10.1093/bib/bbr064
ISSN1467-5463
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