Update (October 26, 2016)
in the meantime the book has moved from LeanPub to GitBook. It also turned out to be a lot more demanding than I thought.
It is coming together though:
Looking for contributors for various chapters:
- 1000 genomes project
and many others.
I have been teaching bioinformatics courses for a few years now and I have always felt that existing resources were inadequate.
Most are either too programming and unix oriented or too focused on one particular "protocol" ignoring alternatives that may produce different results. In addition most resources tend to focus on installation and running the tool rather than understanding the outputs. Disclaimer: I am guilty of this as well! I always felt that I had to start from zero each time I write a guide and towards the end there is too much material already and I have to cut short at the most interesting parts. But that is because there has never been an updated and reliable resource that I can refer people to. Until now.
I am starting a "bioinformatics handbook" resource it is called the Biostar Handbook. I would like it be a repository of practical advice on bioinformatics methods, a resource that is useful to both beginners and advanced users, a collection of curated experiences of bioinformaticians around the world. The book will be comprehensive with ebook and online components that will continue to grow and expand over the years. It will come at very low cost of about $25 to ensure that the task of maintaining, correcting and supporting it won't solely require personal enthusiasm and could be contracted out if necessary.
I would like to invite everyone to contribute via GitHub: you will retain authorship, copyright and distribution rights on all content you create. And since we are creating the ultimate guide to Bioinformatics ;-) I think it will be great adventure for everyone involved.
Help us create the best bioinformatics resource that was ever conceived!