KaruBioNet: a network and discussion group for a better collaboration and structuring of bioinformatics in Guadeloupe (French West Indies)
Sequencing and other biological data are now more frequently available and at a lower price. Mutual tools and strategies are needed to analyze the huge amount of heterogeneous data generated by several research teams and devices. Bioinformatics represents a growing field in the scientific community globally. This multidisciplinary field provides a great amount of tools and methods that can be used to conduct scientific studies in a more strategic way. Coordinated actions and collaborations are
... eeded to find more innovative and accurate methods for a better understanding of real life data. A wide variety of organizations are contributing to KaruBioNet in Guadeloupe (French West Indies), a Caribbean archipelago. The purpose of this group is to foster collaboration and mutual aid among people from different disciplines using a 'one health' approach, for a better comprehension and surveillance of humans, plants, or animals' health and diseases. The KaruBioNet network particularly aims to help researchers in their studies related to 'omics' data, but also more general aspects concerning biological data analysis. This transdisciplinary network is a platform for discussion, sharing, training and support between scientists interested in bioinformatics and related fields. Starting from a little archipelago in the Caribbean, we envision to facilitate exchange between other Caribbean partners in the future, knowing that the Caribbean is a region with non-negligible biodiversity which should be preserved and protected. Joining forces with other Caribbean countries or territories would strengthen scientific collaborative impact in the region. Information related to this network can be found at: http://www.pasteur-guadeloupe.fr/karubionet.html. Furthermore, a dedicated "Galaxy KaruBioNet" platform is available at: http://calamar.univ-ag.fr/c3i/galaxy_karubionet.html. Supplementary information Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics Advances online.