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PLoS Comput Biol. 2015 Apr 9;11(4):e1004143. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004143. eCollection 2015 Apr.

GOBLET: the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training.

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1
EMBnet, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
2
SLU Global Bioinformatics Centre, Uppsala, Sweden.
3
Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops, Toronto, Canada.
4
ITICO, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
5
International Society for Biocuration, Geneva, Switzerland.
6
International Society for Computational Biology, San Diego, California, United States of America.
7
African Society for Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Capetown, South Africa.
8
SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Geneva, Switzerland.
9
The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom.
10
NBIC Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

In recent years, high-throughput technologies have brought big data to the life sciences. The march of progress has been rapid, leaving in its wake a demand for courses in data analysis, data stewardship, computing fundamentals, etc., a need that universities have not yet been able to satisfy--paradoxically, many are actually closing "niche" bioinformatics courses at a time of critical need. The impact of this is being felt across continents, as many students and early-stage researchers are being left without appropriate skills to manage, analyse, and interpret their data with confidence. This situation has galvanised a group of scientists to address the problems on an international scale. For the first time, bioinformatics educators and trainers across the globe have come together to address common needs, rising above institutional and international boundaries to cooperate in sharing bioinformatics training expertise, experience, and resources, aiming to put ad hoc training practices on a more professional footing for the benefit of all.

PMID:
25856076
PMCID:
PMC4391932
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004143
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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