Minor makeover (and Version 1.0 release!)

The BioGPS user interface has been great for users who already knew why they were there — to see reference gene expression data, and to learn all about gene function. The interface was bare bones, concise, and without a lot of flash. But it also meant that new users were a little lost on their first visit…

Until now… We’ve put quite a bit of work into gently introducing a newbie user to BioGPS. That means the addition of a basic overview to the BioGPS front page, a step-by-step guide on how to use BioGPS, and a bit more meat to our help page.

We’ve also significantly changed the interface to the plugin library to make it both more useful and more user-friendly. Finally, we’ve applied a healthy layer of polish over the entire site to make it a little easier on the eyes.

Together, we feel that all these changes, plus all the changes we’ve built up since our public release in August 2008, justify the “BioGPS Version 1.0” label. Sure, it’s symbolic in nature (since we plan on being in eternal beta phase). But we really feel BioGPS is a unique and useful offering among online biology tools.

We hope you like the changes, and as always, feedback is appreciated.


3 Comments

  1. Tim McClintock

    In your GeneAtlas data the tissue is main (not medial) olfactory epithelium. Similarly, the tissue is vomeronasal (not vomeralnasal) organ.

  2. Yes, I can confirm that. We caught the changes after the first dataset was posted and forgot to change it after. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Tim,

    Thanks for catching that. The sample names in the “GeneAtlas GNF1M, gcmra” data set have now been updated.

    Also, just want to note that the data set named “GeneAtlas MOE430, gcrma” is a newer data set based on a more recent chip design. (Although, as you’ve probably noticed, it does not contain the two specific tissues above.)

    Cheers,
    -andrew

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