Bioinformatics and the library and information science community
Kalra, Harinder P.S. (2005) Bioinformatics and the library and information science community. IFLA Journal, 31 (4). pp. 333-341. ISSN 0340-0352
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Discusses the emergence of bioinformatics in the last three decades as a result of the convergence of networks and genetics. Though a variety of definitions and descriptions of bioinformatics are available, a cross-disciplinary definition eludes. The paper emphasises that the core activities of library and information science can be of immense value in advancing the theoretical foundations of this emerging subject, as well as developing the mechansims and tools for quality biomedical information in a timely manner. The creation, management, and dissemination of biomedical knowlegde and information for both specialists and for laymen is a challenge and an opportunity for library and information professionals to broaden their professional horizon and to generate new knowledge in the process.
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