This collection was launched with the mission to share knowledge about lab organization and scientific management. Each Perspective article represents an interview with a Principal Investigator, who shares his or her experience of running a lab by discussing selected topics in an informal and personal style. By creating this collection at PLOS Computational Biology, a journal committed to open knowledge, the collection editors hope to create a dialog through which we all can learn from each other.
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Bioinformatics is being introduced into the school curriculum earlier and earlier as the field matures. PLOS Computational Biology's Education section introduces a new collection, Bioinformatics: Starting Early, which is devoted to teaching bioinformatics in secondary schools.
Recognizing the need for training and education in bioinformatics and computational biology specifically targeted to biologists, PLOS Computational Biology launched its Education section in January 2006. The goals are to provide practical tutorials and background information on important computational methods used to investigate key biological questions as well as resources for training scientists at all stages of their careers.
This collection of essays from prominent workers in the field of bioinformatics relates how selected scientific, technological, economic, and even cultural threads came to influence the development of the field we know today. Collection Editor: David B. Searls is an Independent Consultant based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.
The PLOS Computational Biology Software Section was launched in 2011 and has been steadily gathering momentum since its beginnings. Handled by our Software Editors, Software articles highlight and describe outstanding open source software of exceptional importance that has been shown to provide new biological insights, either as a part of the Software article, or published elsewhere.
Across all realms of the sciences, the rapid growth in the number of works published digitally presents new challenges and opportunities for making sense of this wealth of textual information. The maturing field of Text Mining aims to solve problems concerning the retrieval, extraction and analysis of unstructured information in digital text, and revolutionize how scientists access and interpret data that might otherwise remain buried in the literature. PLOS acknowledges the growing body of work in the area of Text Mining by bringing together reviews and research studies to create the PLOS Text Mining Collection. It is no coincidence that research in Text Mining is burgeoning: the widespread uptake of the Open Access publishing model developed by PLOS and other publishers now makes it easier than ever to obtain, mine and redistribute data from published texts.
This collection aims to increase the coverage of computational biology topics in Wikipedia by rewarding authors with a citable, PubMed-indexed static version of the living document on Wikipedia. All Topic Pages undergo a fully open peer-review process on the Topic Pages wiki, with the reviews and responses posted to both the static article and Wikipedia talk page on publication. The Collection Editors are Daniel Mietchen and Shoshana J. Wodak.
'Translational Bioinformatics' is a collection of articles which reads as a "book" to be used as a reference or tutorial for a graduate level introductory course on the science of translational bioinformatics. Translational bioinformatics is an emerging field that addresses the current challenges of integrating increasingly voluminous amounts of molecular and clinical data. Its aim is to provide a better understanding of the molecular basis of disease, which in turn will inform clinical practice and ultimately improve human health. The concept of a translational bioinformatics introductory book was originally conceived in 2009 by Jake Chen and Maricel Kann. Each chapter was crafted by leading experts who provide a solid introduction to the topics covered, complete with training exercises and answers. The rapid evolution of this field is expected to lead to updates and new chapters that will be incorporated into this collection.