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"Genomic Data Resources: Challenges and Promises" Published in Nature Education

Authors Warren Lathe, Donna Karolchik and other members of OpenHelix give an introduction to online, publicly available genomics resources at www.nature.com/scitable.

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 11, 2009 — OpenHelix today announced the publishing of an article introducing and exploring the many online genomics resources available to the public. With over 3,000 genomic resources, tools and databases available on the web, and more being added rapidly, the article also explores the various issues concerning the growth of these tools, their number, and the sheer size of the data available.

The article is published by Nature Publishing Group’s Nature Education division on their new Scitable portal. Scitable is an open online teaching and learning portal that publishes high-quality educational articles and combines community features to fuel the exchanges of scientific insights, teaching practices and study resources.

The success of future medical research is directly reliant on researchers being able to find and use the overwhelming genomics data now present and becoming available on the web
In this article we give a stepping-in point for those seeking to better understand the data and the resources used to present it to the scientific community.

“The success of future medical research is directly reliant on researchers being able to find and use the overwhelming genomics data now present and becoming available on the web,” explained lead author Warren Lathe, Chief Scientific Officer at OpenHelix. “In this article we give a stepping-in point for those seeking to better understand the data and the resources used to present it to the scientific community.”

Additionally, readers can find out more about these resources and access online tutorials, exercises, slides, Quick reference Cards and other training materials at www.openhelix.com. Many tutorials are sponsored by the resource providers themselves and are therefore free to the user. Over 60 tutorials are also available through a cost-effective subscription to individuals, groups or institutions.

Article Reference and Link:
LATHE, W., WILLIAMS, J., MANGAN, M., and KAROLCHIK, D. Genomic Data Resources: Challenges and Promises. Nature Education 1(3), (2008)

About OpenHelix:
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides the genomics knowledge you need when you need it. OpenHelix provides online self-run tutorials and on-site training for institutions and companies on the most powerful and popular free, web based, publicly accessible bioinformatics resources. In addition, OpenHelix is contracted by resource providers to provide comprehensive, long-term training and outreach programs.

Tip of the Week: Scitable Classrooms

scitable classroomTwo weeks ago I pointed out our paper in Scitable on Genomics resources. This week’s tip is about Scitable itself. Scitable is a collaborative education site with reviewed content and lots of opportunity for experts, students and the public to interact and learn some biology. This tip will show you how to create a classroom in Scitable. This could be used by a faculty member to teach a group of students they have using both Scitable and outside content, or it could be used as a great place to do a study group. I’m actually intrigued by that latter possibility. Check out this week’s tip to learn to quickly set up a classroom on Scitable and then check Scitable out.

Tip of the Week: Genomic Data Resources

scitable paper thumgToday’s tip isn’t on just one resource or a part of one, it’s a whirlwind tour of many! In fact, in less than 5 minutes I’ll put you through ALL of the resources online on genomics. Ok, well, not all. Not even 1% I don’t think, but we’ll go through some categories and discuss very briefly some “Challenges and Promises.” Actually, it’s my way of introducing you to a paper we just wrote for Nature Education’s site, Scitable entitled, you guessed it, “Genomic Data Resources, Challenges and Promises.” Hopefully, after watching this short movie as I whisk you through some of the sites and topics we raise in the paper, you’ll be interested in going and reading it and checking out Scitable. Also, below the fold, you’ll find a nice table of links to all the resources we discuss in the paper, which by necessity are only a small portion of the thousands of resources available.

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