Xenbase, the Xenopus model organism database; new virtualized system, data types and genomes.
Bottom Line: All our services have now migrated to a private cloud to achieve better performance and reliability.Researchers can easily navigate from genome content to gene page reports, literature, experimental reagents and many other features using hyperlinks.Xenbase has also greatly expanded image content for figures published in papers describing Xenopus research via PubMedCentral.
Affiliation: University of Calgary-Computer Science, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.Show MeSH
Mentions: In 2013, the Xenbase launched a streamlined interface and reorganized landing page, allowing researchers to better navigate between genome content, gene page reports, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST), literature, experimental reagents and many other features (Figure 1). A rotating news slider is now prominently featured on the landing page. The news slider highlights high-profile Xenopus research articles, and relevant community information including upcoming conferences, meetings and workshops, scientific award recipients, annotated genome releases, journal special issues and Xenbase updates. Community announcements are further bolstered by a sidebar located on the right side of the landing page. Both the slider and the announcements link to news articles that are stored in a custom MySQL backend database. Archived announcements and news articles are available via hyperlinks. The site's navigation menu was also redesigned. Links in the main body of the landing page have been grouped into tiles with graphical icons. Each tile corresponds to a specific section of the website, such as ‘Gene Expression’, ‘Reagents and Protocols’, ‘Literature’ or ‘Anatomy and Development’. Attention is drawn to new features and update features, indicated by a red check mark. Links to external Xenopus resources, as well as other useful resources, such as other Model Organism Databases (MODs), scientific societies and genomic resources, are also located in the sidebar. Xenbase continues to serve our community of Xenopus researchers: to date we have 1565 registered researchers, from principal investigators to undergraduate students, and provide information on 181 Xenopus research labs. This allows anyone to quickly and easy discover contact information, laboratory websites and key publications from Xenopus researchers.
Affiliation: University of Calgary-Computer Science, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.