The state of the art
Today, in a data-driven era, there are at least three dangerous gaps between biology and bioinformatics.
There is a skill gap between the need to answer biological questions and the ability to process data produced to answer the same questions; there is a communication gap between researchers craving for biological answers and bioinformaticians often too focused on the technicalities of computer science; there is a knowledge gap given by the continuous emergence of new data-generating biological methods and by the lack of formal or academic training offering for those methods.
“Biologists must pick up skills in data analysis, including statistics, logic and programming. When the field was developing, fledgling bioinformaticians often taught themselves. Now, more institutions are offering formal training, and the field is maturing rapidly.”
Spotlight on Bioinformatics, NatureJobs (Biology goes digital)
Researchers don’t necessarily need to became bioinformaticians, but they do need to know the right bioinformatics semantics, vocabulary and methods to better and more efficiently collaborate with bioinformaticians. It also would be better they knew the basics of at least one scripting language, to quickly and efficiently manipulate, transform, store and retrieve their datasets.
Infobiology.eu was born to fill these gaps. Infobiology’s roots are the founders’ direct experience in research: molecular biologists and bioinformaticians working together on real problems and projects. We already encountered – and solved – the problems and analytical hiccups that more and more researchers are experiencing today.
The mission of Infobiology.eu is to fill those gaps giving biologists, technicians and clinicians, the right knowledge and tools, delivered with the familiar language of biology without abdicating the analytical rigour of bioinformatics.
Infobiology is bioinformatics from a biologist’s perspective. Infobiology.eu is our own experience turned into innovative bioinformatics training.