Quick-adding plugins

In what I think is one of the best features we’ve rolled out recently, we’re happy to announce the new “Quick-add” feature for customizing gene report layouts. Previously, in order to add a new plugin to a layout, users had to click over to the Plugin library, a completely different set of screens and interfaces. Moreover, users who hadn’t yet created an account...
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BioGPS usage metrics

It’s been one week since we started redirecting SymAtlas users to BioGPS, and we’ve been thrilled with the response so far. Comparing the seven days after the change with the seven days before, we see a 55% increase in BioGPS page views (25,871 vs 16,726) and a whopping 88% increase in BioGPS visitors (3269 vs 1740). And although we provide the options for users to go back to...
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BioGPS's target audience

Recently, GenomeWeb did a pretty extensive write-up of BioGPS. I think it’s a pretty detailed and accurate view of how BioGPS fits into the sphere of online biological resources. The only part I take a bit of issue with is the series of quotes by Larry Moran, who then followed it up with a more detailed blog post. Among his comments, Larry Moran, a biochemist at the University of Toronto,...
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The BioGPS plugin library

In the last post, we described how the BioGPS plugin interface will be based on simple HTML. Before we go into exactly how this will work technically, let’s first look at the power and extensibility it enables. We previously described that customizability is a primary emphasis of BioGPS. Different scientists have different views of gene annotation. For example, a genetics researcher may...
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What is BioGPS?

BioGPS is our new gene annotation portal. As mentioned previously, the unique feature of BioGPS will be its unwavering commitment to the Long Tail. If you’re passionate about the concept of the Long Tail as I’ve grown to become, you can certainly spend long hours reading up on the subject. But on a practical level, our focus on the Long Tail means two things for users of our BioGPS...
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