Innovation through collaboration

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PROMOTE AND FOSTER COLLABORATION

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PROVIDE WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

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ACT AS AN INFORMATION HUB

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RUN A CORE BIOINFORMATICS PLATFORM

Promote and Foster Collaboration

For Alberta to become a national player in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, it is imperative that the existing researchers and resources collaborate and work toward a common goal.  BioNet seeks to aid this collaboration by:

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  1. Providing an up-to-date website with the latest news and information available in Alberta B/CB​

  2. Amassing and curating a database of researchers and resources located in Alberta 

  3. Acting as an intermediate and matching potential collaborators unknown to one another

Provide Workshops and Training

It is not simply important, but necessary to continue the education and training of Bioinformaticians and Computational Biologists in the province in order to expand capacity.  Here we provide a list of tentative workshop topics that we hope to provide in near future:

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  1. An introduction to R

  2. Machine Learning in Bioinformatics

  3. Data Storage and Uniform Data Practices

  4. Advanced R techniques

Act as an Information Hub

In 2018 a survey was conducted to find the areas lacking in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in the province of Alberta.  It quickly became clear that there was no underlying online infrastructure or database that clearly provided information on Bioinformatics researchers and resources in this province.  From this survey BioNet Alberta was born and we seek to fill this void.  

Run a Core Bioinformatics Platform

At present time, it is common for Alberta-based researchers to send samples out of province for many sequencing and omics analyses.  One of the legacy goals for BioNet Alberta is to create and manage a core Bioinformatics platform that will be open for use by all Alberta based researchers.  This platform will provide an option to researchers who wish to use a 3rd party service within the province, potentially avoiding issues related to send samples across provincial or national boarders and retaining research funds within the province of Alberta. 

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