EMBnet was one of 10 founding organisations (including bioinformatics, biocuration, biocomputing and computational biology societies and networks), each of which included some kind of education and training initiative, each with a similar problem: how to deliver tangible benefits to their communities with limited funds and just a handful of time-pressed volunteers. At a meeting hosted by EMBnet in Uppsala in June 2012, these 10 organisations agreed that it would be useful to establish an umbrella organisation to coordinate bioinformatics training activities world-wide: to share, not duplicate, effort; to share, not duplicate, cost; to work together towards common solutions and a sustainable future.
GOBLET was subsequently established in November 2012 as a legally registered Foundation to help coordinate worldwide bioinformatics training activities (1-4). Its mission is to provide a global, sustainable support and networking structure for bioinformatics trainers and trainees; to facilitate capacity development in bioinformatics in all countries; to develop standards, guidelines and branded materials and courses, to help drive up the quality of bioinformatics training; to reach out, amongst others, to high-school teachers, to bridge the gap to the next generation of bioinformaticians; and to foster international communities of bioinformatics trainers.
Find out more at www.mygoblet.org and join the growing community of bioinformatics trainers.
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2. Corpas M, Jimenez RC, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Budd A, Brazas MD, Fernandes PL, Gaeta B, van Gelder C, Korpelainen E, Lewitter F et al. (2015) The GOBLET training portal: a global repository of bioinformatics training materials, courses and trainers. Bioinformatics, 31(1), 140-2.
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4. Consortium GOBLET. (2013) The Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education & Training (GOBLET). EMBnet.Journal, 19(1), 10-13.
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