June 5 BioGPS update
Dear BioGPS user,
We wanted to give you a quick update here on some of the latest developments with BioGPS.
The most notable new feature since the last update was the addition of OpenID support (blog post). You might not know it, but if you have an account at Yahoo, Google, or AOL, you already have an OpenID account. Associating one of these accounts with BioGPS means you can log in with a click or two, without any need to remember a new password. It's incredibly convenient...
In addition, we've done some back-end improvements that you might not have noticed. We've migrated to a new database server, and are in the process of introducing a couple other application servers for load balancing and redundancy. This all means that you should see fewer downtimes and unexpected errors. (As always, if you're the first to report an application outage, error, or bug to bio...@gnf.org, you can win a BioGPS mascot...)
While we've been working behind the scenes, our users have been adding new content to BioGPS by registering plugins. In April and May, over 30 new plugins were created, including ones for PharmGKB (a database linking genetic variation to drug response, link), ArrayExpress (a public repository for microarray data, link), and IntAct (a database of protein interaction data, link). Check out all 128 plugins in the plugin library (link).
And finally, a few links to recent blog posts:
* Updated BioGPS usage metrics -- http://biogps.blogspot.com/2009/06/updated-biogps-usage-metrics.html
* A Gene Wiki usage update -- http://biogps.blogspot.com/2009/04/gene-wiki-usage-update.html
* A who's who of BioGPS users -- http://biogps.blogspot.com/2009/04/whos-who-of-biogps-users.html
The BioGPS Team