Category Archives: interviews

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Training: an interview with Gareth Price

Category : interviews , training

Gareth Price has years of experience wrangling his own and other life scientists’ research data. He doesn’t want to see good data go to waste or see unskilled researchers struggling with their data, so training is very high on his agenda. His involvement in our Galaxy Australia project supports these goals. In this interview, he shares his comprehensive view of the current life science data landscape with regard to bio-molecular data and explains why he cares about what EMBL-ABR is trying to do.

Full interview.


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Training: an interview with Sonika Tyagi

Category : interviews , training

Training is one of the key focus area for the EMBL-ABR and its effort to network with various Australian institutes who develop and run bioinformatics training activities is going to help in standardising, sharing and reusing bioinformatics training resources. EMBL-ABR’s affiliations with international bodies such as GOBLET, ELIXIR, NIH-BD2K, BD2KTCC etc. will help us keep pace with international best practices in training standards and programs.

Full interview.


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Training: an interview with Daniel Park

Category : interviews , training

Our first interview in the 2018 series, focussing on Training, is with the University of Melbourne’s Assoc Prof Daniel Park who says: The shortage of bioinformaticians, left unaddressed, will continue to present a serious bottleneck to progress in many areas from discovery to translation. Without serious investment in this area, Australian life scientists will slide in terms of their global relevance except for a relatively small number of well-funded individuals. Without such investment, the substantial majority will become followers and bit-part players rather than leaders on many international consortium-based projects. In terms of clinical applications, we become a consumer rather than a producer, with obvious cost implications.

Full interview.


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2018 Interview Series: Training, training, training

Category : interviews , training

There is good reason we are focussing on training for the 2018 Interview Series:

“A national bioinformatics training infrastructure may be the best strategy to empower researchers to participate in biology’s evolution as a data science,” was one finding in an article published by Jason Williams, Chair our of International Advisory Group, and co-authored with Tracy K. Teal, in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences special January 2017 issue on Data Science, Learning, and Applications to Biomedical and Health Sciences. The paper is here: A vision for collaborative training infrastructure for bioinformatics. Earlier in 2017 we invited Jason to elaborate, and he wrote:

Life science research is and will increasingly be shaped by infrastructure that supports it. At the beginning of Big Data biology, this meant funding sequencers and computers and while we still need those, we also need to become smarter. Increases in our ability to solve the big problems in biology have come as much from scaling people (through training, sharing of practices, and collaboration) as they have from cheaper sequencing or faster processors.

Read the views of our invited interviewees:

Daniel Park, Melbourne Bioinformatics, Victoria, Australia

Sonika Tyagi, Monash Bioinformatics Platform, Victoria, Australia

Gareth Price, QFAB Bioinformatics, Queensland, Australia


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