Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN): a community resource for bioinformatics trainers

TitleBioinformatics Training Network (BTN): a community resource for bioinformatics trainers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSchneider MVictoria, Walter P, Blatter M-C, Watson J, Brazas MD, Rother K, Budd A, Via A, van Gelder CWG, Jacob J, Fernandes P, Nyrönen TH, Rivas JDe Las, Blicher T, Jimenez RC, Loveland J, McDowall J, Jones P, Vaughan BW, Lopez R, Attwood T, Brooksbank C
JournalBrief Bioinform
Date Published2012 May
KeywordsCommunity Networks, Computational Biology, Humans, Research Personnel

Funding 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 that must be devoted to the design, delivery and maintenance of high-quality training materials. 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.

Alternate JournalBrief. Bioinformatics
PubMed ID22110242
PubMed Central IDPMC3357490