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Bioinformatics toolkit

By Research Cooperative, 2021-05-03

Many online services, free and paid, are now available for analysing DNA sequences and other forms of genetic data. For example:

ATGC bioinformatics platform (Montpellier, France) - data can be uploaded, analysed, and the results will be sent back by email.

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Numbers Toolkit

By Research Cooperative, 2021-04-14

This toolkit will cover all kinds of number conversion other than cash and time conversions, which have their own "toolkits" in this blog.

Roman to decimal numbers - courtesy of CalculatorSoup, where innumerable other number converters are provided!

Looking for a world index of academic journals?

By Research Cooperative, 2021-02-05

Why look for an index?

Well... hopefully someone else has done the hard work of looking through zillions of search results and identifying journals that actually exist, and that can be contacted if necessary.

Let's see. An exact search on "world index of journals" should narrow things down.

Here's what we get:

Google: "No results..." but then there are about 264,000,000 results that are not exact.

No bad. I won't start at the bottom of that list!

The Index Copernicus , based in Warsaw, is at top.

After that there are some journal ranking sites. And some incomplete journal indexing sites that seem to have started and then stopped.

"World list of journals" doesn't lead far either. There is a Wikipedia entry that lists some journals. And a Google snippit highlights this revelation:

"No one knows how many scientific journals there are, but several estimates point to around 30,000, with close to two million articles published each year."

That came from a short and pithy article:

"Too much academic research is being published"

Philip G. Altbach and Hans de Wit, 07 September 2018, University World News .

T here is probably not much more I need to say.

There is No World Index! Just a lot of partial information.

That's OK.

We've survived tens of thousands of years with partial information.

It helps keep us on our toes. We wouldn't need science if we actually knew everything.

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Technical glossaries

By Research Cooperative, 2020-09-19

Even specialists have difficulty learning and remembering all the specific technical terms used in their field.  Oxford University Press and other publishers in the past published many discipline-specific dictionaries and glossaries. Now we can find open-access technical glossaries online. Here are some good examples.

Biology terms

Biology Dictionary , USA

Botanical terms

Florabase glossary, Western Australia

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Teaching resources

By Research Cooperative, 2020-07-09

This year, 2020, may be the year that online teaching "comes of age", as a matter of necessity following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in 2019 (agent of the COVID19 disease).

This means many teachers are busy compiling new course materials for online distribution. Here I will add a few links that may be useful. I won't attempt to be comprehensive, nor will I review each item.

Please join our " science communication " group to tell others about any online teaching resources (and methods) that you find useful.


UNESCO - distance learning solutions (links for all education levels).


University of California at Berkeley - Welcome to Evolution 101

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Academic funding sources

By Research Cooperative, 2020-06-27

A research job are one thing, a grant is another -- or maybe not?

Navigating the the world of research funding is one of the job skills that most researchers need. Employers often explicitly look at fund-raising ability and history when seeking new staff.

Here is a possible starting point for the study of grants and funding (more will be added as time permits):


"The mission of Grantome is to use data to drive discovery of new knowledge about scientific research grants." (Grantome website, 27th June, 2020)

Galaxy Toolshed

By Research Cooperative, 2020-04-10
Galaxy Toolshed

Tools for many different areas of biological research (genetics, ecology, medicine, and more). See:

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Online polling sites

By Research Cooperative, 2019-11-27

Recently I was asked to fill out a poll (at ) on my use of social networks, by a Yahoo group that is focused on Crop Wild Relatives (CWR). I mainly use ResearchGate, which put me in the "other" category in the options offered.

There are many kinds of online polling service available, and I regard them as an important part of the online ecosystem, for academia as much as they are for commercial or entertainment purposes.

Readers of this blog: Please recommend any polling services you think may be useful for research surveys or other academic purposes.

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