Explore Open Access Bioinformatics Tools with the Free “World Tour of Genomics Resources” Tutorial Suite

Online tutorial gives researchers and scientists a place to learn about the many biology resources available to them.

Quote  startThese links assist scientists by guiding them to relevant technical tutorials on resources which may be unfamiliar to them. Thanks to this partnership with OpenHelix, BioMed Central journals are able to make their scientific content more useful and access.Quote end

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011

The science community now has a valuable launching point to explore and find the many bioinformatics and genomics resources available to them through the “World Tour of Genomics Resources” tutorial suite by OpenHelix.

The free tutorial suite includes a sampling of resources organized by categories such as algorithms and analysis tools, expression resources, genome browsers (both eukaryotic and prokaryotic/microbial), literature and text mining resources, and resources focused on nucleotides, proteins, pathways, disease and variation.

In each category, the tutorial explores not only the most popular resources, but also some lesser known ones that fill unique scientific needs or are especially helpful to researchers.

The tour also shows easy ways of accomplishing the difficult task of finding and learning about other resources with the free OpenHelix search tool, tutorial suites, and other tools.

“With the ever expanding data sets and resources of the genomics era” said Warren (Trey) Lathe, Chief Science Officer at OpenHelix, “this tutorial suite fills the critical need of giving scientists an overview of resources and showing them ways to find them and learn how to use them.”

The online narrated tutorial, which runs in just about any browser, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders.

Included in the tutorial suite are animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and aa list of the resources and tutorial landing pages mentioned in the tutorial. This saves a tremendous amount time and effort for teachers and professors to give this tour to others.

A companion piece to this free tutorial, exploring ways to find and learn about online biology computational tools, is the paper “OpenHelix: bioinformatics education outside of a different box” published in a special issue of Briefings in Bioinformatics entitled “Special Issue: Education in Bioinformatics“. This paper describes a wide range of repositories where researchers can access informal educational sources of learning on publicly available bioinformatics resources. These include a wide variety of formats and strategies including lists of resources, journals that regularly feature tool descriptions, and eLearning resources sources such as the MIT OpenCourseWare effort.