Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2005
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The post-genomic era has yielded tremendous software resources for the dissemination and analysis of biological data. However, the providers of these tools often lack outreach and training programs due to limited funding and time constraints. As a result there is a widespread lack of awareness and underutilization of the data and tools throughout the biomedical community. OpenHelix's vision is to bridge the gap between bioinformatics tools and under-trained users through outsourced training. The founders possess cross-disciplinary skills which are especially well-suited to creating, providing and bringing to market bioinformatics training and outreach programs. The objective of the proposed research is to develop, present, and measure the effectiveness of specific outsourced training programs. First, through collaboration with software providers, OpenHelix will develop training programs on the three main genome browsers. Next, we will present those programs using three methods: (1) on-site training at customer facilities; (2) live web-conference training, and (3) pre-recorded, on-demand web courses. Finally, the effectiveness of the training and methods of delivery will be measured using statistical analysis of surveys administered pre-training, immediate post-training, and two-month post-training. The product of this study will be an innovative, highly-effective bioinformatics training and training delivery methods. These programs will make the ever-growing amount of genome data more easily accessible and effectively utilized-thereby advancing biomedical research itself.
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 661.00K | Year: 2007
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The success of research in the post-genomic era is being compromised by the inability of researchers to find and use the vast genomic and bioinformatic resources available to them. Though hundreds of resources are freely available and easily accessible on the web, it is a Herculean task for biomedical researchers to find the relevant resource for their needs. If they are found, the training on the resources is non-existent, inadequate, or inconsistent, preventing the researcher from using the resource efficiently and effectively. The work in this proposal will increase the speed and success of biological research by providing scientists with relevant, efficient, and effective training on the use of freely accessible genomics and bioinformatics resources. This will be accomplished through a comprehensive collection of on-line tutorials. The script and materials of the tutorials are used to create a unique deep "database" of resource descriptions, features, and functionality. This database will be accessed through an innovative search and ranking system that directs researchers to the most relevant resource for their needs. The researcher will then directly access complete tutorials or modules of tutorials for their needs. The success of research in the post-genomic era is being compromised by the inability of researchers to find and use the vast genomic resources available to them. The work in this proposal will increase the speed and success of biological research by providing scientists with relevant, efficient, and effective training on the use of freely accessible genomics and bioinformatics resources. .