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Biological Information Specialist Program

Description

The Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences accepts applications for a biological informatics masters degree program for Biological Information Specialists (BIS). Unlike most existing educational programs in bioinformatics, the BIS program takes a broad view of biology and informatics to train professionals to bridge arenas of information technology development in the biological sciences. Program and application details can be found on the GSLIS Website.

The objectives of the project was to develop curriculum, establish internships, integrate course work with informatics research, share the educational approach, and expand understanding of the role of informatics in scientific progress. The BIS program is aimed at making progress toward the problem of getting past the prototype by educating information professionals responsible for the implementation, evaluation, continual improvement, sustainability, and integration of information and data systems about biology. BIS professionals are trained to exploit existing data standards and work toward long-lived data and interoperability, and to build and integrate the increasing number of digital libraries, repositories, indexing systems, ontologies, taxonomies, vocabularies, and tools associated with digital data and products.

This work was sponsored by NSF Award # 0534567.


Project PI(s)

PI: Carole Palmer; Co-PIs: P. Brian Heidorn (University of Arizona), W. John MacMullen
Project Contact: Carole L. Palmer
Funded by: National Science Foundation
Grant number: 0524567

Research Area(s)

E-Science
Given the ever growing universe of information resources, informatics tools, and scholarly communication options that need to be understood, assessed, and coordinated, the e-Science initiatives at CIR…

Project Team

Publications

Palmer, C. L., Heidorn, P. B., Wright, D., & Cragin, M. H. (2007). Graduate Curriculum for Biological Information Specialists: A key to integration of scale in biology. International Journal of Data Curation, 2(2), 31-40.
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Heidorn, P. B., Palmer, C. L., Wright, D., & Cragin, M. H. (2007, October 25-28). Biological Information Specialist’s Training. Poster session presented at the 2nd International BioCuration Meeting, San Jose, CA
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Heidorn, P. B., Palmer, C. L., Wright, D., & Cragin, M. H. (2007, July 7-11). Information Specialist’s Training in Biology. Poster session presented at Plant Science and Botany 2007 Conference, Chicago.
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Heidorn, P. B., Palmer, C. L., Wright, D., & Cragin, M. H. (2006). Graduate Curriculum for Biological Information Specialists: A key to integration of Scale in Biology. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Digital Curation Conference, “Digital Data Curation in Practice.” Glasgow, Scotland, November 21-22, 2006.
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