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

TitleBioinformatics training: a review of challenges, actions and support requirements
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSchneider MVictoria, Watson J, Attwood T, Rother K, Budd A, McDowall J, Via A, Fernandes P, Nyronen T, Blicher T, Jones P, Blatter M-C, Rivas JDe Las, Judge DPhillip, van der Gool W, Brooksbank C
JournalBrief Bioinform
Volume11
Issue6
Pagination544-51
Date Published2010 Nov
ISSN1477-4054
KeywordsComputational Biology, Research, Teaching
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.

DOI10.1093/bib/bbq021
Alternate JournalBrief. Bioinformatics
PubMed ID20562256