How to use omicX search engine like a pro

In the past few months, we’ve brought amazing new features on omicX, getting closer to our dream of democratizing bioinformatics to scientists.


To ensure you did not miss anything and make your experience 100% efficient, we are launching a new series of tutorials that cover the full functionality of omicX. Scientist spend a lot of time searching for the right bioinformatics tools. There are so many tools, but also so many languages to write (or use) them that finding the good one is a difficult task. Along with the most comprehensive catalog of bioinformatics resources, we have developed a powerful and intelligent search engine for retrieving what you need in one-click.


Let’s review all the things you can do to revolutionize your analysis!


Retrieving resources


We’ve recently improved our search engine algorithm to yield more precise results with your query. In short, it looks at each piece of content (tool description, tool specification, title, reviews, etc) to feedback the appropriate tools. It also uses a query-term interpretation algorithm to run facets to retrieve the best results.


Moreover, a new ranking system now takes into account a number of factors such as the number of citation and the impact factor of associated publication, and user feedback to return only the most appropriate tools.


By default, results are ordered by relevance to the above factors, but can also be sorted by recency or alphabetically


You may have noticed that there are now four kind of resources: Software, Databases, Users, and Protocols. Our newest feature “protocol” allow you to quickly identify published pipelines of tools, and will be detailed in the next post of this series.




Once you have sent your query, the search engine will send a bunch of results! Filters are the best way to quickly identify the tools you need and make your search even more precise. Now you can filter category, technology, operating system, interface, computer skill, restriction to use, programming language, journal and funding.


Each of our 4 sections (Software, Databases, Users and Protocols) have their own set of filters!

Refine your search with our filters


omicX has become much more than its search engine. Find out more on our next “how to use omicX like a pro” articles!