Update on Sept 12, 2017: Online Course
We have created an online course titled Learn Bioinformatics in 100 hours using the Biostar Handbook as a textbook. All lectures for the BMMB 852: Applied Bioinformatics course will be published within this online course. The course is included with the book at no extra charge.
The course is well-suited as an introduction to this field of science, or to brush up on topics you have learned before. Most chapters of the book will be fully reworked as we cover them in the course. The field has changed quite a bit over the past year.
See the post: Online course: Learn Bioinformatics in 100 hours
Update on Feb 6, 2017: Issue Tracking
There is a GitHub repository that tracks issues, problems and suggestions for the book. If you experience any type of technical problem please visit the site below to create a new issue.
December 1st, 2016: Original Announcement
Announced almost 18 months ago, the Biostar Handbook has now been published. It delivers simple, concise, and relevant information for those looking to understand the field of bioinformatics as a data science.
It is a comprehensive, practical handbook that aims to cover (though it is not quite there yet) all major application areas of bioinformatics.
Only now that the book released - as I am looking at 713 pages of do I start to realize just how big Bioinformatics has gotten in the past few years. And we're still missing entire subdomains of it: Metagenomics, Assembly, ChIP-Seq. But fear not we'll handle those too in this coming year.
Spread the word, let others know - I think there is no other resource like it. I like to call it data analysis with attitude, where reproducibility means not following letter by letter, but doing it better, faster and simpler.
Let me invite anyone that wishes to contribute to do so. It is easy, and simple, Markdown based publishing. And there is so much more that could be done and will be done. Be a part of it! We are independent, self published, self supported. Chart your own course, bring your own ideas and goals to fruition or just enjoy being a part of a creative process.