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Title: Biological information specialists for biological informatics
Author(s): Heidorn, P. Bryan; Palmer, Carole L.; Wright, Daniel T.
Subject(s): biological informatics bioinformatics education
Abstract: Data management and integration are complicated and ongoing problems that will require commitment of resources and expertise from the various biological science communities. Primary components of successful cross-scale integration are smooth information management and migration from one context to another. We call for a broadening of the definition of bioinformatics and bioinformatics training to span biological disciplines and biological scales. Training programs are needed that educate a new kind of informatics professional, Biological Information Specialists, to work in collaboration with various discipline-specific research personnel. Biological Information Specialists are an extension of the informationist movement that began within library and information science (LIS) over 30 years ago as a professional position to fill a gap in clinical medicine. These professionals will help advance science by improving access to scientific information and by freeing scientists who are not interested in data management to concentrate on their science.
Issue Date: 2007-02-12
Publisher: BioMed Central
Citation Info: Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration 2007, 2:1
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
DOI: 10.1186/1747-5333-2-1
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Sponsor: National Science Foundation Grant No. IIS-0534567
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Heidorn et al.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-05-25

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