Few weeks from now, I came up with the idea of a "bioinformatics study group", with the intention of reproducing methods from published papers and making the methods viewable to other bioinformatics beginners/ enthusiasts, like me. The choice of the biostars platform was mainly due to the presence of various knowledgeable people in the field.
The idea would be that as a group, we'd work over papers and that the questions/ methods that would be viewable by anyone there, for learning and commenting.
Well, till now we are 3 people to have contributed for parts of
methods for a selected paper, and I can say I'm learning a lot faster
about multiple ways of doing things I'd never had thought of... some
methods are so much simpler than others... I realize that sharing of methods
and ideas is a really great way of improving each other's understanding
and speeding up the learning process.
I'm laying down what many felt was needed to improve our working as a group:
*Some said it would be a good idea to have a sort of organization system to better manage work of multiple people.
*I was thinking about a sort of tag we could use to refer posted questions that come from our group?
I'm sure it would help others who just want to have a peek and know how the questions arose, compared to questions asked without knowing the circumstances that led to the questions themselves.
Well, it's just a few ideas. If you have any idea(s), I'd be happy to give a try, even if we're less than a handful of people, or it just comes to myself at some point. I was thinking something in the line of using code repositories like git. Some mentioned google groups, but I'm not familiar with these 2 options, yet. Is there any existing way of implementing any/ all of these ideas on the biostars platform?
Well, I admit it's not much, but this is how it looks: http://www.biostars.org/p/75567/