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The Addition of NAR Web Servers 2013

July 14th, 2013

The 2013 Nucleic Acids Research Web Server issue continues its collaboration with the Bioinformatics Links Directory. Together we have compiled a directory of available bioinformatics resources, tools and databases. The July 2013 Web Server issue adds an additional 95 web server tools to the Bioinformatics Links Directory, bringing the totals to 164 resources, 620 databases and 1459 web server tools to aid computational research in the life sciences. All links remain freely accessible to the public, and may be browsed by biological category and research task subcategory.

As always, community contributions to the Bioinformatics Links Directory are encouraged, and submissions or updates may be made through links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca.

A Decade of Web Server Updates at the Bioinformatics Links Directory: 2003-2012

July 15th, 2012

The 2012 Nucleic Acids Research Web Server issue is the 10th publication in this special web server series. The Bioinformatics Links Directory has been collaborating with the NAR to compile a directory of available bioinformatics resources, tools and databases. The July 2012 Web Server issue adds an additional 90 web server tools and 12 updates to the Bioinformatics Links Directory, bringing the totals to 134 resources, 455 databases and 1205 web server tools to aid computational research in the life sciences. All links remain freely accessible to the public, and may be browsed by biological category and research task subcategory.

Many user intuitive features have been added to the Bioinformatics Links Directory to aid in locating useful and relevant tools. Such features include improved keyword search tools, citation ranking of links, and Google+ and Twitter sharing features as well as tutorials on how to use the Links Directory to locate the needed link. As always, community contributions to the Bioinformatics Links Directory are encouraged, and submissions or updates may be made through links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca.

Michelle D. Brazas, David Yim, Winston Yeung and B. F. Francis Ouellette. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012. July 1; 40(Web Server Issue): 1-10.

The 2011 Bioinformatics Links Directory Update: More Resources, Tools and Databases and Features to Empower the Bioinformatics Community

June 29th, 2011

The Bioinformatics Links Directory has undergone a major redevelopment to better facilitate communication of bioinformatics resources, tools and databases. Existing links are now characterized as resources, web server tools or databases. The July 2011 Web Server issue of Nucleic Acids Research adds an additional 78 web server tools and 14 updates to the directory, bringing the totals to 144 resources, 480 databases and 1250 web server tools to aid computational research in the life sciences. All links remain freely accessible to the public, and may be browsed by biological category and research task subcategory.

With this upgrade, link owners now have the opportunity to add useful content such as additional citations, documentation, use-case examples and related announcements to their link page such as release updates and scheduled maintenance times. With these and other new social media features, the Bioinformatics Links Directory is empowering the bioinformatics community to drive the continual development of this compendium of important bioinformatics resources, tools and databases to aid research. Community contributions to the Bioinformatics Links Directory are encouraged, and submissions or updates may be made through links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca.

Michelle D. Brazas, David S. Yim, Joseph T. Yamada and B. F. Francis Ouellette. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011. July 1; 39(Web Server Issue): W3-7.

Providing Web Servers and Training in Bioinformatics: 2010 Update on the Bioinformatics Links Directory

June 30th, 2010

With the addition of 115 new web servers and 7 updates from the recent release of the Nucleic Acids Research’s special Web Server Issue 2010, the Bioinformatics Links Directory has reached almost 1500 unique web servers, databases and resources for computational research in the life sciences. All links are freely accessible to the public, and may be browsed by biological category and research task subcategory.

As the Bioinformatics Links Directory continues to grow with these additions, training and educational tools to enable and empower a wider and more varied audience of users are becoming increasingly necessary. Various education ideas and initiatives that address the growing need for bioinformatic training are discussed. Among these initiatives are the links highlighted in the Bioinformatics Links Directory ‘Education’ category, which encompass upcoming workshops and courses as well as links to open access workshop material and self-directed tutorials. Community contributions to this and other categories are encouraged, and submissions or updates may be made through links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca.

Michelle D. Brazas, Joseph T. Yamada and B. F. Francis Ouellette. Nucleic Acids Res. 2010. July 1; 38(Web Server Issue): W1-4.

Evolution in Bioinformatic Resources: 2009 Update on the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

June 30th, 2009

With the recent release of the Nucleic Acids Research’s special Web Server Issue 2009, the Bioinformatics Links Directory expands to almost 1400 unique web servers, databases and resources for computational research in the life sciences. All links are freely accessible to the public, and may be browsed by biological category and research task subcategory. Community is encouraged, and submissions or updates may be made through links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca.

Each year since 2005, the Bioinformatics Links Directory has partnered with Nucleic Acids Research Web Server issue to list all of the peer-reviewed articles in our collection. 102 new sites and 10 web server updates were added this year. A historical reflection of the Links Directory since then, reveals some interesting perspectives on the evolution of scientific research and technology as viewed from the accompanying changes in bioinformatic tools.

Michelle D. Brazas, Joseph Tadashi Yamada and B. F. Francis Ouellette. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009. July 1; 37(Web Server Issue): W1-3.

Keeping pace with the data: 2008 update on the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

June 30th, 2008

Nucleic Acids Research’s special Web Server Issue 2008 has just recently been released. This special issue focuses on online resources for molecular biology and bioinformatics research. Accompanying this special issue is an article featuring the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

The Bioinformatics Links Directory is an actively maintained collection of specialized servers, databases and resources for computational research in the life sciences. All links are freely accessible to the public, and may be browsed by macromolecular category and research activity subcategory. The 2008 update of the Bioinformatics Links Directory includes the 94 websites highlighted in the July 2008 Web Server issue of Nucleic Acids Research, as well as a number of additional resource tools suggested by input from the bioinformatics research community through links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca.

Michelle D. Brazas, Joanne A. Fox, Timothy Brown, Scott McMillan and B. F. Francis Ouellette. Keeping pace with the data: 2008 update on the Bioinformatics Links Directory. Nucleic Acids Research 2008. 36 (Web Server Issue): W2-4.

Conducting Research on the Web: 2007 Update for the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

July 29th, 2007

Nucleic Acids Research has released the 2007 Web Server Issue; a special issue with a focus on online resources for molecular biology and bioinformatics research. This special issue starts with an article featuring the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

The Bioinformatics Links Directory is an actively maintained compilation of servers published in Nucleic Acids Research together with many other useful tools, databases and resources for life sciences research. This rich directory of tools and websites can be browsed and searched with all listed links freely accessible to the public. This update includes the 130 websites highlighted in the July 2007 Web Server issue of Nucleic Acids Research and brings the total number of servers listed in the Bioinformatics Links Directory to just under 1200 links.

Joanne A. Fox, Scott McMillan, and B. F. Francis Ouellette. Conducting Research on the Web: 2007 Update for the Bioinformatics Links Directory. Nucleic Acids Research 2007 35(Web Server issue):W3-5. [ Abstract ] [ HTML ] [ PDF ]

Major Update for the Bioinformatics Links Directory

June 20th, 2007

The Bioinformatics Links Directory is a listing of specialized servers and general purpose resources that aims to help scientists navigate the rapidly changing landscape of online research tools. A major update for the Bioinfomatics Links Directory has just been released at https://bioinformatics.ca/links_directory/links_directory.

In addition to the updated content, the 2007 update of the Bioinformatics Links Directory includes new features that embrace accessibility and open data exchange. For example, the Bioinformatics Links Directory has become a LinkOut provider for the NCBI. With this data exchange, it is now easier for researchers to jump directly from searches in PubMed to Web Server listings in the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

Since the last update, we have also implemented a new CSS based design to improve the look and feel of the Bioinformatics Links Directory . This new design makes it easier to browse the categories of the directory and is fully compliant with current web standards. RSS feeds are now available for any page that you can navigate to in the Bioinformatics Links Directory. The Bioinformatics Links Directory is an example of a community resource driven by researchers who invest considerable efforts ensuring that their research is freely accessible and in the public domain. Suggestions for additions, revisions or corrections to the Bioinformatics Links Directory are strongly encouraged and should be sent to links[at]bioinformatics[dot]ca

UBiC Bioinformatics Links Directory Highlighted in NAR 2006 Web Server Issue

July 16th, 2006

Nucleic Acids Research has just released the 2006 Web Server Issue; a special issue with a focus on online resources for molecular biology and bioinformatics research. This special issue starts with an article from UBiC featuring the Bioinformatics Links Directory.

The Bioinformatics Links Directory is an online resource created and maintained by UBiC that lists useful tools, databases and resources for bioinformatics and molecular biology research. This rich directory of tools and websites can be browsed and searched with all listed links freely accessible to the public. This latest update brings the total number of servers listed in the Bioinformatics Links Directory to over 1000 links.

Joanne A. Fox, Scott McMillan, and B. F. Francis Ouellette. A Compilation of Molecular Biology Web Servers: 2006 Update on the Bioinformatics Links Directory. Nucleic Acids Research 2006 34 (Web Server issue):W3-5. [ Abstract ] [ HTML ] [ PDF ]

UBiC Bioinformatics Links Directory partners with Nucleic Acids Research

May 31st, 2006

The editors from Oxford Press and the journal Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) have joined forces with the UBC Bioinformatics Centre (UBiC) to ensure that all of the links from the Web Server special issues are listed in the Bioinformatics Links Directly. Recently, major updates to the content and improvements to the user interface of the Bioinformatics Links directory have been made bringing the total number of resources listed to over 800 different sites. Each entry represents individually curated web resources and links actively collected by researchers at UBiC from their experiences conducting bioinformatics research, navigating the Internet, and teaching bioinformatics. Through our partnership with the NAR, we also include all links published in the NAR Web Server issues (starting with the first Web Server issue in 2003). To find relevant resources, users can browse the biological categories or search the Bioinformatics Links Directory directly with a keyword search. Users can also jump directly to the listing of NAR links from any of the Web Server special issues by following the links below.

To view the 2005 NAR Web Server special issue links, please see:
https://bioinformatics.ca/links_directory/journals/nar/2005
For a listing of the 2004 NAR Web Server special issue links, please see:
https://bioinformatics.ca/links_directory/journals/nar/2004
For the 2003 NAR Web Server special issue links, please see:
https://bioinformatics.ca/links_directory/journals/nar/2003

UBiC Bioinformatics Links Directory featured in NAR special issue

June 30th, 2005

July 1st marked the release of the Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) 2005 Web Server issue, a special issue with a focus on online resources for molecular biology and bioinformatics research.

An article by Fox et al about the Bioinformatics Links Directory, our online directory of useful bioinformatics resources, kicked off this special NAR issue. In this article, a special listing of the 166 servers highlighted in the 2005 Web Server Issue is presented within the descriptive biological categories of the Bioinformatics Links Directory. To quickly find the list of relevant tools from the NAR 2005 Web Server Issue relevant to your area of research, you can view our listing at: https://bioinformatics.ca/links_directory/journals/nar/2005

Joanne A. Fox, Stefanie L. Butland, Scott McMillan, Graeme Campbell and B. F. Francis Ouellette. The Bioinformatics Links Directory: a Compilation of Molecular Biology Web Servers. Nucleic Acids Research 2005 33 (Web Server issue):W3-W24. [ Abstract ] [ HTML ] [ PDF ]

Links Directory highlighted in Science Netwatch

April 15th, 2004

The Links Directory developed at the UBC Bioinformatics Centre has been highlighted in Science Netwatch. The short feature in the Science Netwatch section says the Links Directory, "can help you locate everything from the genome of the SARS virus to guides for designing PCR primers." To read the Netwatch feature see:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol304/issue5669/netwatch.shtml

In December 2004, UBiC launched the latest release of our bioinformatics Links Directory on the UBiC website. In this Links Directory, you can find annotated links to over 350 top quality bioinformatics resources from around the world. The links pages are fully searchable, and are uniquely organized from a biologist's perspective. Input from the community is welcome and all resources are carefully screened and curated by UBiC experts.