The Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre – Encouraging Bioinformatics Awareness

Lisa Mullan

Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SB

The Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre (HGMP-RC) was established in 1990 as a biological and bioinformatics resource to assist the human genome mapping efforts of the UK Academic Community. The facility provides support for a wide range of bioinformatics tools.

Born out of a background of software development, there was a need to educate researchers in the use of computer tools, which would aid their investigations. Currently the HGMP offers introductory training courses at academic institutions throughout the UK.

The teaching philosophy at the HGMP revolves around a “hands on” learning approach. Practical sessions using course specific training accounts are punctuated by short lectures on topics specific to the course. Course participants are actively encouraged to bring their own data to work on, but the question of computer literacy remains. How much do users need to acquire in order to take their research computationally forward?