Talk for Westmead Millennium Institute Bioinformatics SIG June 4 2015.
In April 2000 I was shown a desktop folder full of ABI sequence chromatograms from a microbial genome, told to do some bioinformatics and left to get on with it. I turned to the Web for help, where I discovered my first online support network - the Bioperl mailing list.
In the 15 years since, I've worked on a variety of bioinformatics-based projects with 3 different organisations. In that time I've witnessed several shifts in the types of online communication tools used by the bioinformatics community: from mailing lists, through blogs to Twitter.
In this talk I'd like to examine how online networks have helped me do bioinformatics over the years, how they've changed and developed and to what extent they provide a sense of community for the "lone bioinformatician".