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Credit your work and enter to win a pass for a congress

You designed a tool or performed specific tasks in software development? Spread the word! Credit your expertise with badges and enter to win a pass for a congress (and others exciting prizes). To participate, all you need to do is badge your contribution on the bioinformatics tools we reference.  Don’t hang around, the contest ends the 11th May. How does the contest work? Sign in to your account (or sign up for free if you aren’t already a member). Find the tools you designed (or contributed to design): use the search engine and filters to rapidly locate your project Click on the “set my contributions” button  to add badges Why are badges important? Badges are the best way to earn …

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Identifying the right bioinformatics tools for biological data

In the biology big data context, managing the amount and diversity of data that experiments produce is a challenging task. Depending on the scope of your research, you probably spend a lot of your time searching for the right bioinformatics tools.   Like most, you probably have a general idea of how to analyze your data and have used more than one tool. If you’re working in a computational biology laboratory, you’ve probably heard the question “What is the best software for genome sequence alignment?” or “What algorithm is the standard for sequence alignment in genetics?” While BLAST is probably the most popular tool for this, there are lots of other tools for mining, and aligning biological data.  So choosing the right solution for …

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omicX raises €2.6 million to upgrade the OMICtools platform

The French startup omicX, creator of the OMICtools platform dedicated to researchers and bioinformaticians, has signed a new €2.6 million fundraising agreement with a Swiss-based private investment bank, Normandie Participations and Bpifrance. The digital transformation of science has seen breakthrough innovations in biology and technology, generating ever-increasing volumes of data. The development of bioinformatics tools for storing, processing and sharing massive volumes of biological data is the fastest growing field in biomedical sciences. Democratizing bioinformatics Arnaud Desfeux, PhD in Neurosciences, founder and CEO of omicX, recognized early the need to make these tools more readily accessible for researchers, as well as the value of an interconnected and accessible community of bioinformaticians, tool developers, and researchers. “In today’s context of an …

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OMICtools uses code versioning to enhance tool traceability

Software tools on the Web evolve over time, with developers adding or removing features to improve their product, making code versioning an essential aspect of sustainable software development. Reliable code versioning allows developers to automatically track their work and revert to previous versions when needed.   Discover here how OMICtools can help you facilitate the traceability of your tool – and learn how to successfully upload your work in a community-controlled repository. Benefits of version control Provides a mechanism to keep track of code changes Allows you to track the history of changes, work on the same code files, and merge code from different branches Shows conflicts on code merges, allowing you to resolve them quickly Following the FAIR data principles The FAIR …

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Community members: your publication on arXiv.org!

Community experts, we’re pleased to inform you that you’re co-authors of the article titled OMICtools: a community-driven search engine for biological data analysis. The preprint version of this article has been assigned the permanent arXiv identifier 1707.03659 and is available on arXiv.org. This publication gives us the opportunity to thank all the OMICtools biocurators and users for their helpful collaboration in providing high-quality and updated information on bioinformatics tools. Overview of the collaborative functionality offers on the OMICtools platform Here’s the abstract: with high-throughput biotechnologies generating unprecedented quantities of data, researchers are faced with the challenge of locating and comparing an exponentially growing number of programs and websites dedicated to computational biology, in order to maximize the potential of their data. OMICtools is …

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Community opinion: optimize your search experience

Firstly, a big thanks to all of you who participated in our survey! A few weeks ago, we sent out a survey so we can better meet your needs and improve your search experience on OMICtools. Thanks to all of the 78 participants who took part in this survey, your feedback is really important to us. We are happy to report here the positive results of this survey. All of you were satisfied regarding the relevance of the results you get with the OMICtools search engine, with 59% judging the results as good and 31% as great. Participants also reported that for 55% of you find the OMICtools search engine and website easy to use and innovative, and 43% consider …

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Upgrade your search experience

High throughput technologies are generating increasingly vast amounts of biological data streams. Thousands of new bioinformatics tools have been designed for their management and analysis. Finding the appropriate program for a specific need is typically a challenging and time-consuming task. Find the right answer for your biological data analysis OMICtools addresses this challenge and empowers you to locate and access information for more than 17,000 software tools and databases in a single place. Manually curated and updated, OMICtools resources are methodically organized in a didactic hierarchical classification. The number of available tools is constantly growing. From more than 1,100 categories, you can easily retrieve a relevant list of tools which precisely relate to a specific step of data analysis for the biotechnology …

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