Do you love protein structures? There are many interesting standardized file formats that are used in structural biology. Explore some of these datasets:
When you're starting a collection of bibliographic material, it can sometimes be useful to download bibliographic information in bulk from pubmed. Try the following exercise that will create a timeline of publication dates for a given researcher:
There is a wealth of biological data out there. Find a biological database relevant to your field of study and download some datasets. What are the common file types? Which can be read as text files?
Do you order a lot of oligos? If so, the companies typically e-mail you in standardized formats. Try downloading all the e-mails and pulling out relevant information about each oligo based on their standardized format. You can then save these to an .xls sheet or a database program. Your database might be quite basic after Week2 of the course, but after Week4, it may become more sophisticated. If you are interested in making more apps like this, consider taking the python course.