I am looking to hire a contract programmer to put together a spreadsheet of all diseases that have a know gene associated with them. This spreadsheet would also include the gene, inheritance pattern (information in NCBI) as well as the gene size and cDNA size. Additionally, a link to OMIM and Orphanet (in NCBI) would be helpful. How many hours would this take to complete? How much would it cost?
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or are interested in working on this project.
Elizabeth A. Hines, Ph.D. Senior Consultant bioStrategies Group 29 N Wacker Drive, Suite 1000 Chicago IL 60606
Gene names in a spreadsheet? That is a really, really bad idea. See Mistaken Identifiers: Gene name errors can be introduced inadvertently when using Excel in bioinformatics
I think we need to steer clear of making judgments on projects that we know nothing about.
Instead enjoy the fact that there are jobs out there that could be done part time and remotely.
Bioinformatics has far many more challenges than just the errors introduced by spreadsheets and excel. It all comes down to the individual skill of the person that does the job. Amazing results can be delivered in Excel and unreliable junk can be done at the command line as well.
What I would strongly recommend to the original poster is to not choose on pricing - projects are always more difficult than they seem and the extra cost of hiring a smart person will be worth it many times over.
I agree on the passing judgement part, and just to clarify I am not judging anyone. My $0.02 is spreadsheets and gene names are not a good combination, but yes, a skilled data person can definitely bypass these limitations.
As you say, the devil is in the details. Only someone with a perspective on the bigger picture, the ultimate goal and the nuances of the project can work out the details and the compromises that need to be made for that project.
My current boss (complete biologist) always asked me to send him the result in
Spreadsheet is the best format for semi-technical people. Excel is extremely powerful, as long as you understand its limitations. Sending people a spreadsheet is not the worst thing you could be doing for data communication, trust me.
I don't believe Excel was mentioned. But still, I wouldn't touch this 'project' with a stick
OP did mention a
spreadsheet. I wouldn't be so critical on the project itself - it sounds like probably a couple of weeks' worth of work just negotiating the details.
I do wonder if bioinformatics freelancers/consultants are common though - I'm yet to come across one.
Can you give an example of the output or a detailed data dictionary? For example - I do gather these kind of data, however am not sure what you meant by inheritance pattern.
A data dictionary/example would definitely help the Taskers.
We do out/Craig/crowd/turksource some of our data wrangling task. Depending on the flexibility of delivery time, skilled person should be charging 40-80$/hr and can be finished in ~8-16hrs.
It depends if you are hiring a bioinformatician or not. How already have the scripting toolbox or if it's a from scratch dev
If you apply the rules of three for any development jobs. If you have already the script toolbox and the definition of the output you want is sound and clear, it's a matter of 2-3 days, multiply by 3 it gives you one week. A development from scratch then maybe 10days.