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BioInform Reconfigures Itself: A Letter from the Editorial Director

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Dear Readers:

For five years now, BioInform has been the motherboard for news on all aspects of information technology for life sciences. From TIGR to Lion, we have covered the expansions, explosions, and upheavals that shaped this vibrant sector into what it is today.

But lately, the entire bioinformatics world has been reconfiguring itself. Providers are realizing they need to offer more than just products. Users are discovering that they need to mine for knowledge rather than simply amass data.

To address the changing landscape of bioinformatics, BioInform is reconfiguring itself too. We remain committed to thorough, honest, fair reporting on the latest developments in bioinformatics. But now, we will be re-focusing the editorial lens on developments that matter most in this field: data integration, bioinformatics infrastructure, knowledge mining, and the ways that informatics departments and companies are managing change.

One new addition that you can look forward to in the new BioInform is “Solutions,” a recurring feature that looks at the methods and approaches that informatics groups have taken to solve hairy problems in bioinformatics data integration and analysis. (See our initial “Solutions” article on p. 8.)

Another added bonus is our increased emphasis on seeking feedback directly from the community in the form of both formal and informal surveys on how you are using different platforms, how the sector is spending its money, and on the key challenges in informatics. In fact, as many of you know, we have already sought your feedback in the form of a survey that helped to shape this new edition of the newsletter. (See the Linux cluster survey on p. 1.)

Your feedback, however, is always welcome. Any time, please feel free to express your views and share your suggestions by sending e-mail to the editor, Bernadette Toner, at [email protected], or to me at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Marian Moser Jones

Editorial Director, GenomeWeb Newsletters

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