NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – OpenHelix said today that the National Human Genome Research Institute has awarded it a Small Business Innovation Research grant worth $1 million to develop an online training portal for genomics resources.
The company said that it expects the tools will “greatly reduce the amount of time necessary to locate and use the vast genomics and bioinformatics resources available to scholars and scientists.”
OpenHelix said that many genomics and bioinformatics resources are currently “underutilized” because researchers are not aware of their existence. In addition, the company said, these tools all use different navigation methods and documentation, which can make it difficult for researchers to use them.
Warren Lathe, chief scientific officer at OpenHelix and the principal investigator on the grant, said in a statement that the company is exploring “some very innovative ways to search a large number of resources, including semantic search using widely used and accepted ontologies.”