Are you curious about what biocurators do?

It may not surprise you that we at OpenHelix are pretty heavy-duty users of curated information from databases. It might surprise you to know that some of us have been involved in actually curating them as well. In both public and commercial situations, we’ve been on the curation side. And lately we’ve been heavily on the end-user side.

So we’ve been huge supporters of curators for a long time. We know that they are the ones responsible for the most trustworthy data in the databases. We know the intelligence, the focus, the attention to detail, and the training it takes to do this well.

Biocurators rock. If you do biomedical research and use the data from the databases, you can thank a biocurator.

But maybe you don’t know that much about exactly what biocurators do if you are mostly an end user of the databases. I’d like you to meet some of them. The new International Society for Biocuration has been established to foster development and respect for biocuration as a career choice and career path.

They are also currently holding an election for their board.  Have a look at the slate of candidates, and read some of those statements.  Check out the varied backgrounds on these folks–you’ll be seriously impressed with their skills and dedication to good data.

And if you are a biocurator, and a member of the society, I would encourage you to have a special look at Jennifer Williams of OpenHelix.  Jennifer is an incredible member of our team, and we totally support her candidacy for the ISB board.  She would bring useful skills to the job from the project management perspective, I assure you.  She knows both sides of curation equally well: getting data in and getting data out.  She’s also very much a bridge-builder with a very gentle and effective way of bringing people together in the right place.

If you have a membership and intend to vote, please consider voting for Jennifer Williams for one of the 6 board members.  She is a real gem, and she’s certain to serve capably and effectively.

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