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Nicolas Jacquet

Review a tool and enter to win an exciting prize

Checking the reviews section has become an integral component of the software selection process. When they are used strategically, positive reviews can really help identify the most accurate solutions.  As a community-driven platform, we need your input to review the must-have tools. Rules are simple: Post a review for a tool and enter to win a tablet. Don’t hang around, the contest ends the 5th of October. Why is your review important? Software review is an helpful process to assist developers in validating the quality of a project. It is also a great input for scientists that want to make informed decisions. Reviews offer a double advantage. As a user, you can rapidly identify which tools perform the best based on your peers’ experience. …

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Getting Started with the Pipeline Generator

As a biologist, you probably know that the key to good data analysis is the selection and use of appropriate software. Owing to the increasing complexity of biological data, the number of tools typically required to perform an analysis is constantly growing, rendering the selection of software even more difficult. Indeed, finding the best series of tools that match your analysis criteria is challenging.   A pipeline is a series of software presented in a logical order. With your data as a starting point, a pipeline shows you the right pathway of tools to perform your analysis.   Until now, finding the optimal workflow was very challenging because pipelines are difficult to decipher or remain buried in the masses of biomedical texts. To …

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Put bioinformatics tools in favorites and enter to win exciting prizes

Have you ever found a bioinformatics software or a database you wanted to use later, only to realize that you didn’t remember its name? Favorites (called bookmarks in most browsing activity) are a great way to save and organize tools so you can revisit them. Bookmark a maximum of tools and enter to win a set of headphones! Don’t hang around, the contest ends the 30th June. How does the contest work? Sign in to your account (or sign up for free if you aren’t already a member). Find your favorite tools Click the icon to put them in favorites Using favorites for better tool accessibility Favorites are the best way to save tools you judge useful for your data …

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Choosing the right name for a bioinformatics tool

The name of your bioinformatics tool is the icing on the cake. You should be very attentive and feel concerned regarding this feature. While having a great name does not assure you to stand out, a bad appellation often results in a failure to reach your audience. The do’s and don’ts Don’t take a name that already exists Your tool is unique. As such, it deserves to have a sole name. Don’t try to copy the name of a famous tool or your favorite one. It can be detrimental for you. Indeed, people tend to compare products with each other, especially if they have the same title. They can be confused about the function of your tool.   OMICtools contains …

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Credit your work and enter to win a pass for a congress

You designed a tool or performed specific tasks in software development? Spread the word! Credit your expertise with badges and enter to win a pass for a congress (and others exciting prizes). To participate, all you need to do is badge your contribution on the bioinformatics tools we reference.  Don’t hang around, the contest ends the 11th May. How does the contest work? Sign in to your account (or sign up for free if you aren’t already a member). Find the tools you designed (or contributed to design): use the search engine and filters to rapidly locate your project Click on the “set my contributions” button  to add badges Why are badges important? Badges are the best way to earn …

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Finding scientific resources with semantic search engines

  The exponential growth of the number of biological studies over the past decade has created an enormous challenge to make effective use of the accumulated information. Owing to this size, simple web-style text search engines are often not yielding the best results and a lot of important information remains buried in the masses of text (Doms, 2005). Semantic technologies have been introduced for better question answering and faster literature exploration (Doms, 2008). They use ontologies to give an overview over large query results and guide scientists for discoveries. Starting your research in biology but don’t know which platform to use to find impactful studies? Here is a list of useful resources you will love using to retrieve articles and …

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Identifying the right bioinformatics tools for biological data

In the biology big data context, managing the amount and diversity of data that experiments produce is a challenging task. Depending on the scope of your research, you probably spend a lot of your time searching for the right bioinformatics tools.   Like most, you probably have a general idea of how to analyze your data and have used more than one tool. If you’re working in a computational biology laboratory, you’ve probably heard the question “What is the best software for genome sequence alignment?” or “What algorithm is the standard for sequence alignment in genetics?” While BLAST is probably the most popular tool for this, there are lots of other tools for mining, and aligning biological data.  So choosing the right solution for …

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How to find bioinformatics jobs

As part of your market strategy, you should craft and maintain a professional online persona. Use a platform such as LinkedIn or ResearchGate to create a detailed profile emphasizing key skills and experience, and to link up with others in relevant organizations or fields of research (…) Use online technical forums to ask about skills and experience needed in an industry  (…) Taking part in such dialogues can make recruiters notice you and seek you out regarding prospective openings. Peter Fiske. Why scientists need to market themselves. Nature.   As a job seeker, you probably use solutions to find job opportunities in your field of expertise. It can be difficult and time consuming to manually vet the many options available …

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