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posted 11-30-2001 04:51 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I am a student of Health Informatics at the University of Texas HealthSciences - Houston. My fellow students and I are developing a poster on genomic/proteomic databases. As a part of this project, we are interviewing “experts” (anyone who has extensive experience) that use this type of database. We are focusing on the end-users of genomic and proteomic databases.

Below is a list of questions that I invite you to answer. If you would prefer, you may respond to me privately at: flittle@library.tmc.edu

What genomic or proteomic databases do you or your colleagues access?

Are any of those databases accessible to the general public (i.e. Are they online?)

In general, when learning to use these databases did you do so via hands on experience or through formal training?

Do you have experience with proteomic databases specifically?

How does the information retrieved from a proteomic database differ or relate to a genomic database?

Do you use genomic/proteomic databases as a part of a research team?

How do you use information that you gather?

To satisfy a research question or
problem. Explain.

To support medical decisions.


Do you provide instruction on the use of genomic and proteomic databases?

Is instruction given in a formal classroom setting?

Are you or your library the primary source of training for the people that use these types of databases?

What is your background?

Is there any more information you would like to share?

Would you be available for further questions?

How useful or important are the database to your work? Are they an effective resource?

Do you think that a human genome database that is analogous to model organism databases and that links to phenotypic (the physical characteristics of an organism) information is needed?

Do you feel that there is a need for databases and analytical tools for studying the expanding body of gene-expression and functional data, for modeling complex biological networks and interactions, and for collecting and analyzing sequence-variation data?

In what area or functionality do you feel genomic databases fall short?

Thanks to all of you in advance for taking the time to respond to these questions.

Felicia M. Little


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