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Washington University Subscribes to OpenHelix Training Portal

Researchers, faculty, students and staff at Washington University can now efficiently and effectively learn to use bioinformatics and genomics resources with the extensive tutorial suite catalog from OpenHelix.

Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 26, 2010 — Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine has purchased a subscription to OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com) giving faculty, students and staff access to over 90 tutorial suites on bioinformatics and genomic resources.

With OpenHelix tutorials, Becker Library offers the Washington University community a quick and effective way to learn about the most powerful and popular genomics and bioinformatics databases and resources. These tutorials cover many types of resources including protein databases, bioinformatics analysis tools, model organism databases, SNP databases, comparative genomics, pathway and interaction resources and much more. “We’re thrilled that we are able to provide such a fantastic suite of resources to our research community,” said Kristi Holmes, PhD bioinformaticist at Becker Medical Library. “These tutorials are the perfect compliment to the instruction and consultation services offered by our Bioinformatics@Becker program.”

These tutorials are the perfect compliment to the instruction and consultation services offered by our Bioinformatics@Becker program

The online narrated tutorials, which run in just about any browser, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders. The approximately 60 minute tutorials highlight and explain the features and functionality needed to start using the resources effectively. The tutorial can be used by new users to introduce them to a resource, or by previous users to view new features and functionality, or simply as a reference tool to understand specific features.

In addition to the tutorial, users also have access to useful training materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises. This can save a tremendous amount of time and effort for teachers and professors creating classroom content.

“It is difficult, and certainly cost prohibitive, for university Libraries to create and provide training on the many critical genomic resources available,” said Scott Lathe, Chief Executive Officer of OpenHelix. “With an OpenHelix subscription, Washington University provides an efficient and effective training solution for their researchers.”

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (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.

University of Miami Adds Effective and Efficient Online Tutorial Suites to Bioinformatics Portal

University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science subscribes to OpenHelix tutorial suites for their online Bioinformatics Integrated Services (iBIS) portal.

Seattle WA (PRWEB) March 15, 2010 — The Center for Computational Science (CCS) at University of Miami (http://www.ccs.miami.edu/index.html) and OpenHelix (www.openhelix.com) announced the integration and availability of over 85 tutorial suites on bioinformatics and genomic resources to the Center’s Bioinformatics Integrated Services (iBIS) portal.

The iBIS portal (http://bio.ccs.miami.edu/ibis/), currently in phase one, offers a comprehensive list of genomic databases, protein structure databases, clinical genetics databases, as well as numerous software tools for the analysis of gene expression, regulation, signaling and metabolic pathways, genomics, proteomics, and systems biology. In addition, the portal allows access to a suite of tools and databases available to University of Miami faculty, staff, and students.

Once they find a resource, it is essential we provided them the training needed to effectively use it—and OpenHelix tutorials were the obvious choice.

With OpenHelix tutorials, iBIS offers a quick and effective way to learn about many of these powerful and popular databases and resources. The narrated tutorials run in just about any browser and show the user how to use the features and functionality of the resources.

“Our mission was to provide a comprehensive, user-friendly, and customizable interface for researchers to find the resource they need,” said Dr. Sawsan Khuri, Bioinformatics Senior Scientist at the Center, “but once they find a resource, it is essential we provided them the training needed to effectively use it—and OpenHelix tutorials were the obvious choice.”

The basic functionality of iBIS is available to all, however access to local software and databases and to the tutorials is limited to those at the University of Miami. Over 80 tutorials, including PowerPoint slides, slide handouts and exercises which can be used as reference material or to build classroom content, can be accessed by others through a subscription atwww.openhelix.com.

“It is difficult, and certainly cost prohibitive, for every university to create and provide training on the many critical genomic resources available” said Scott Lathe, Chief Executive Officer of OpenHelix, “the Center found a great solution to their training needs in licensing our content for integration into their portal. We’re certainly proud to be part of the iBIS platform.”

About the Center for Computational Science
The University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS) actively engages in interdisciplinary research to solve the complex scientific and technological problems of modern society. The CCS strives for excellence in research, teaching and service covering the fundamental, as well as, applied aspects of computational science.

Faculty and staff at the University of Miami Center for Computational Science (CCS) harness computing power, applied mathematics, and application sciences – such as physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and earth sciences – to address the most pressing challenges of our generation. With programs in bioinformatics, physical sciences, chemoinformatics, data mining, and data visualization, the Center facilitates collaborative projects between departments and institutes. Engineers and scientists use the burgeoning field of computational science to manage huge volumes of data rapidly and economically to construct and test models of intricate phenomena.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (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.