When we were doing a workshop recently about a huge range of bioinformatics/genomics database resources a young researcher came up and asked about one of the types of resources we didn’t yet include in our list–and I thought it was an excellent question.
Is there a database of protocols?
That’s such a good question–and I can see why it would be so useful to bench scientists. Yeah, I can show you all the software we cover. But there are still other needs, and searchable protocols would be very handy.
Off the top of my head I pointed her to the Current Protocols publications. I relied on those in grad school–but at that time they were in the red binder on the second shelf, and Hiram would always pull out the old chapters and put in the new ones–on actual paper!!
I also mentioned JOVE–the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Jennifer talked about this before as a tip of the week. Since then they had to move to subscription, but it’s possible this young scholar’s institution does subscribe to that.
Trey remembered Open Wetware.
UPDATES: Great stuff from readers–thanks:
APD offers: NAR Methods http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/collections/index.dtl
Natalie offers: Protocol-Online http://www.protocol-online.org/ and her collected list: http://www.bib.umontreal.ca/sa/laboratoire-indispensables.htm
Do you know of others? I’ll edit the post as people bring them along. Thanks!