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New feature, research articles, on OpenHelix site

If you go over to the OpenHelix home page, you’ll start to notice some differences. Our tutorial landing pages have an added new feature. We now have a section on each landing page that shows the most recent research in the BioMed Central journals. For example, the screenshot here is for our GeneMANIA tutorial suite. At the bottom left corner you’ll see the 5 most recent research articles that have used GeneMANIA from the BioMed Central catalog of research journals. This will be useful to users to get an idea of what kind of data  a resource has and research that is done using the resource. This will also be helpful to find other resources that might be of use (often a related-resource will be mentioned in conjunction with the resource of interest).

This is the beginning of a series of new features we hope to add to the landing pages that will enhance the ability of researchers to learn all they can about the data and tools available to them. We will be adding a “recent video tips” section and more.

And, if you are a publisher of research literature and would like to get a ‘recent research list’ like this on our landing pages for your journals (will need access to full text of articles), please contact us and we’d love to work with you to do so for the benefit of your journals, the resources, the researchers and yes, OpenHelix :).

In our continuing effort to maintain and expand our search database and engine, our tutorials, our blog and more, you will also notice we have added advertising to our site. The ads are a top banner ad, a side skyscraper ad and a small ad on tutorial landing pages. Please consider viewing these sponsors if they interest you. Ads will not be on sponsored tutorials such as UCSC Genome Browser and PDB, and others, nor will they be visible for any subscribers to the catalog of tutorials.

If you would like to sponsor a tutorial so that it is publicly available, whether you are the developer of the tool or a company, please contact us about the opportunity to get training and outreach to a large number of researchers.

Also, though we have a dozen sponsored tutorials that are publicly available, we do have a large catalog of over 90 additional tutorials available for subscription. You can subscribe to access these as an individual, department or institution.

 

Developing Resourceful Research: Authors and Researchers to Benefit from Innovative BioMed Central and OpenHelix Program

BioMed Central journals to link to bioinformatics and genomics online tutorial suites.

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) March 15, 2011

Open access science publisher, BioMed Central, and OpenHelix, provider of training on bioinformatics and genomics resources, have launched an innovative program for scientists to gain wider knowledge and support. Links within BioMed Central journals will direct readers to web-based training on bioinformatics and genomics tools used or cited in research articles. This helps increase researchers’ understanding through the offering of additional sources of information whilst they read the open access articles.

OpenHelix-narrated online bioinformatics and genomics tutorial suites will introduce readers to new tools, demonstrate new features and functionality and act as a reference tool. Users may also view PowerPoint tutorials, explanatory text and other useful materials.

Matthew Cockerill, Managing Director of BioMed Central, said: “These 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 accessible to readers.”

Scott Lathe, CEO of OpenHelix, said: “An exciting aspect of this program is that readers will have ready access to our tutorials on tools they need to learn quickly. We’re excited to work with BioMed Central to provide a benefit to their readers and our users alike.”

About BioMed Central
BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher which has pioneered the open access publishing model. All peer-reviewed research articles published by BioMed Central are made immediately and freely accessible online, and are licensed to allow redistribution and reuse. BioMed Central is part of Springer Science+Business Media, a leading global publisher in the STM sector.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix (http://www.openhelix.com) provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. The OpenHelix Search portal searches hundreds of resources, tutorial suites and other material to direct researchers to the most relevant resources and OpenHelix training materials for their needs. Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to nearly 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.

A new BioMed Central feature

Brought to you by OpenHelix and BioMed Central :D. We really like the feature and idea (of course) and thought we’d pass it on.

BioMed Central (BMC) is an open access publisher. BMC along with OpenHelix launched a new feature recently to give readers of BMC journals timely access to relevant genomic resource tutorials. When reading a research article at BMC, researchers are now provided links to online tutorials of many of the genomics resources and tools used or cited in the article. The link takes the reader directly to the training landing page on the OpenHelix site. BMC has a large selection of open access high quality peer-reviewed research journals and much of the research reported today uses and cites many of the resources OpenHelix trains on. Researchers can now quickly find training on the databases and tools used in the research. For example, this recent article Genomewide Characterization of non-polyadenylated RNAs, in BMC’s Genome Biology cites several tools used in their research including GEO, MEME and others. The new feature finds these citations in the article and lists links to the OpenHelix tutorials on those resources as seen in the image.

It can be hard to find a quick link to a relevant resource in papers–the citations are sometimes incomplete, or not linked to the site.

We have plans to expand this feature in several ways to make training on relevant and important genomics resources simpler and quicker for researchers.

We’ve already gotten some great feedback on this–Great idea!

@jytricker Great idea! @BioMedCentral/OpenHelix jv will coach scientists on genomics/bioinformatics tools mentioned in papers http://ow.ly/4eQbG

 

Friday SNPpets

Welcome to our Friday feature link dump: SNPpets. During the week we come across a lot of links and reads that we think are interesting, but don’t make it to a blog post. Here they are for your enjoyment…