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 plugin registration is now live!

Well, truth be told, the ability for users to register their own plugins in BioGPS has been live for quite a while. The only thing holding up the official announcement has been the creation of the accompanying screencast, which thankfully is now done. But make no mistake, this is absolutely a critical milestone in our BioGPS development path. Open plugin registration allows any user to add new...
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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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BioGPS extensibility

So far, we’ve introduced the simple BioGPS plugin interface, and shown how this interface was used to construct an extensive plugin library. Browsing the BioGPS plugin library, you’ll undoubtedly note that the vast majority of plugins we’ve hooked up go to established third-party standalone websites — sites like STRING, MGI, WikiPathways, and OMIM. Importantly, we...
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Introducing the simple and unstructured BioGPS data interface

HTML. That’s it, the simple HyperText Markup Language, the backbone of the Web, will be the BioGPS data exchange protocol. First, let’s step back a moment. We’ve always had the goal of extensibility as one of the two central themes of BioGPS, since the lack of effective extensibility has led to the fragmented landscape of gene annotation resources. Although DAS can be used to...
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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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