GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training, is a legally registered foundation.
to cultivate the global bioinformatics trainer community, set standards and provide highquality resources to support learning, education and training.
to unite, inspire and equip bioinformatics trainers worldwide.
Objectives towards the vision and mission include:
- for the training portal to become both a pull mechanism and repository;
- to develop branded materials (e.g., Train-the-Trainer/Teacher packages);
- to offer training for trainers/teachers and end users;
- to continue work developing training material and course standards;
- to provide training resources (surveys, best-practice guidelines, ice-breakers, technologies for classrooms, etc.);
- to raise funds to be able to meet our objectives;
- to offer a network/community forum; and
- to give further consideration to mechanisms for trainer recognition
Under the auspices of EMBnet, leaders of 10 International Societies, Networks and Organisations met to discuss world-wide bioinformatics training initiatives, in Uppsala, Sweden on 2 June 2012. The working title for this meeting of Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biocuration and Computational Biology Societies and Networks was B3CB. The participants concluded that, as a natural evolution of the achievements of the Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN), a Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET) is needed to coordinate world-wide bioinformatics training activities: to share, not duplicate, effort; to share, not duplicate, cost; to work together in a mutually respectful way towards common solutions and a sustainable future.
The founders (EMBnet, ISCB, APBioNet, ASBCB, SoIBio, ISB, NBIC, SeqAhead, EBI, BTN) agreed to establish GOBLET as a legally registered foundation. The first formal meeting of GOBLET members was hosted by BTN/NBIC, in the Netherlands, on 28 November 2012. Since then, a variety of meetings have been held, for example at: i) at The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), to explore how to work effectively with the ELIXIR community (26 March 2013), ii) alongside ISMB 2013, in Berlin (22 July 2013), to take the next steps in evolution of this new foundation; iii) at TGAC, UK (6 November 2013); iv) alongside the Society for Experimental Biology annual conference, in Manchester (4 July 2014); iv) at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto (14 November 2014), and so on.
Each year, GOBLET carries out annual general meeting. The Annual General Meeting of GOBLET in 2019 will be held in Universitas YARSI, Jakarta, Indonesia on September 9-10, 2019.