EMBL-ABR network: an interview with Jason Williams
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The US National Cyberinfrastructure for Life Science (CyVerse) is a US National Science Foundation funded project supporting a community of more than 30,000 users at every level of bioinformatics experience (from little-to-no bioinformatics training to power user). As Education, Outreach and Training lead for CyVerse, Jason Williams spends a lot of time teaching wet-lab biologists to become data scientists. He was in Australia recently to run a CyVerse course for EMBL-ABR, so we followed up with an interview.
Jason says he wants nothing less than true interdisciplinarity: there needs to be a strong connection and mutual intelligibility between lab/field protocols and computational ones. Bioinformatics is life science and vice versa.