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The Protein Structure Initiative announces free OpenHelix tutorial and training materials for the Structural Genomics Knowledgebase (SGKB)
Date:3/18/2010

Free tutorial and training materials available for the Structural Genomics Knowledgebase bionformatics resource

(PRWEB) -- The Structural Genomics Knowledgebase (SGKB), a one-stop shop for information about proteins hosted at Rutgers University, has partnered with OpenHelixTM to provide free comprehensive training and outreach programs for its online protein “portal” located at http://kb.psi-structuralgenomics.org.

The SGKB is a free, comprehensive resource produced through a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health’s Protein Structure Initiative and Nature Publishing Group. The PSI SGKB contains genetic, structural, functional and experimental information about proteins that is easily accessible through a variety of reports and displays. The portal also includes links to many additional resources.

“Structural genomics is fast emerging as an essential tool in expanding our knowledge of the role of proteins in biology and in disease,” said OpenHelix founder and CSO Dr. Warren Lathe. “OpenHelix is excited to contribute to furthering this field by assisting researchers in effectively and efficiently using this powerful resource.”

The new training initiatives include a free online tutorial suite on how to use/search/find/etc. the SGKB.

The online narrated tutorial runs in just about any browser and can be navigated in a number of ways. In about 60 minutes, the tutorial highlights and explains the features and functionality needed to start using the SGKB effectively. The tutorial can be used by new users to introduce them to the protein portal, by previous users to view new features and functionality or simply as a reference tool to understand specific features.

In addition to the tutorial, SGKB users can also access useful training materials, including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested talking points for the slides, slide handouts and exercises. This can save a tremendous amount time and effort for educators looking to create classroom content.

Users can view the tutorials and download the free materials at http://www.openhelix.com/sgkb .    

OpenHelix also has created a free Quick Reference Card for the SGKB. The Quick Reference card highlights search strategies, features and functionality. The cards can be ordered in packs of 30 from www.openhelix.com, and shipping is free within the United States.

“The SGKB sets itself apart by incorporating so many different types of biological data (genetic, structural, theoretical, functional, protocol, etc.) that is really is a ‘one-stop shop’ for a broad range of biological and biomedical fields. The challenge for training and outreach is to make this data accessible and understandable to scientists across different disciplines,” said Dr. Helen Berman, head of the SGKB. “Working with OpenHelix to provide online training materials and increased visibility is an effective way to add to our efforts.”

In addition to the SGKB tutorial suite, OpenHelix offers nearly 90 tutorial suites on some of the most powerful and popular bioinformatics and genomics tools available on the web. Some of the tutorial suites are freely available through support from the resource providers. The whole catalog of tutorial suites is available through a subscription. Users can view the tutorials and download the free materials at www.openhelix.com.

About the PSI
The Protein Structure Initiative (PSI, http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Initiatives/PSI/), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health, is a federal, university and industry effort aimed at dramatically reducing the costs and lessening the time it takes to determine a three-dimensional protein structure. The long-range goal of the PSI is to make the three-dimensional atomic-level structures of most proteins easily obtainable from knowledge of their corresponding DNA sequences. The PSI strives to gain biological insights from new structures and to help the broad biomedical research community make use of PSI research findings.

About OpenHelix
OpenHelix, LLC, (www.openhelix.com) provides a bioinformatics and genomics search and training portal, giving researchers one place to find and learn how to use resources and databases on the web. The OpenHelix Search portal searches hundreds of resources, tutorial suites and other material to direct researchers to the most relevant resources and OpenHelix training materials for their needs. Researchers and institutions can save time, budget and staff resources by leveraging a subscription to nearly 100 online tutorial suites available through the portal. More efficient use of the most relevant resources means quicker and more effective research.

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