I am putting together an ebook to describe a number of useful bioinformatics tools. The book is under development, and V0.1 is freely available at the following link.
[In fact, if you grab V0.1, all updates will also be freely available to you based on leanpub rules.]
Here is what I am trying to achieve. I work with a number of biologists and they often complain about - (i) not knowing what bioinformatics tools to use for their large data files, (ii) the tools they have need more RAM etc. than what they have and (iii) not knowing how to mix/match multiple tools to do something efficiently and (iv) interpreting the results coming from various programs. For example, does Trinity giving 350,000 assembled transcripts mean the organism has 350K genes?
So, I am building together a minimal set of efficient programs to help them so that I do not need to go over the same explanation many times. The project is moving slowly, but I am making progress.
Here are some of the relevant posts -
- Pandora's Toolbox - a collection of bioinformatics programs
All thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
Great job! I like the idea of having a pre-made solutions for using bioinformatics utilities. But often times, with each revision of these programs/utilities, options keep changing and your book will soon become outdated. How are going to deal with that?
The book can be updated any time and readers can download the new version for free. So, changing options is not a problem (except it takes my time).
Moreover, the idea is to give newcomers some place to start from, not give a total package describing everything in a program. I am not trying to replace the well-maintained documentation sites by the authors of the programs.