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"Computational Biology: A field of biology concerned with the development of techniques for the collection and manipulation of biological data, and the use of such data to make biological discoveries or predictions. This field encompasses all computational methods and theories for solving biological problems including manipulation of models and datasets." -- Definition from the NCBI MeSH Database.


What is bioinformatics? - From the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Computer and Information Research Scientists

Bioinformatics Organizations

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Biomedical Informatics (SIGBio)
International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)

Bioinformatics and Data

PubMed Searches

Bioinformatics and Big Data
"Computational Biology"[Majr] AND "big data"
Bioinformatics and Data Management
"Computational Biology"[Majr] AND "data management"


University of Arizona Health Sciences Library - Bioinformatics
Yale University Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library – Bioinformatics Tools for Research and Discovery


Genomics pipelines and data integration: challenges and opportunities in the research setting
Davis-Turak J, Courtney SM, Hazard ES, Glen WB Jr, da Silveira WA, Wesselman T, Harbin LP, Wolf BJ, Chung D, Hardiman G
Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2017 Mar;17(3):225-237. doi: 10.1080/14737159.2017.1282822. Epub 2017 Jan 25.

Global open data management in metabolomics
Haug K, Salek RM, Steinbeck C.
Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2017 Feb;36:58-63. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.12.024. Epub 2017 Jan 13.

Distributed data networks: a blueprint for Big Data sharing and healthcare analytics
Popovic JR.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 Jan;1387(1):105-111. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13287. Epub 2016 Nov 18.

Big Data access and infrastructure for modern biology: case studies in data repository utility
Boles NC, Stone T, Bergeron C, Kiehl TR.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 Jan;1387(1):112-123. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13281. Epub 2016 Nov 1.

An overview of human genetic privacy
Shi X, Wu X.
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2017 Jan;1387(1):61-72. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13211. Epub 2016 Sep 14.

Bioinformatics Metadata

CEDAR Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval
DDI - Data Documentation Inititative (link is external): "A widely used, international standard for describing data from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences" (DCC (link is external) - Digital Curation Center). See: Mibbi-Minimum Information for Biological Investigations.

Bioinformatics Data Repositories

NIH Data Sharing Repositories: A list of over 65 NIH-supported repositories that make data accessible for reuse.​
ExPASy Bioinformatics Resource Portal
Re3data.org" is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. There are over 300 data repositories listed there that contain engineering data. The directory is searchable by keyword, and can be limited by a variety of facets. It can also be browsed by content, subject type or country. "Informatics" search results.

Bioinformatics Data Standards/Policies

Functional Genomics Data Society
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Office for Human Research Protections
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)

edited 12/18/2019