How can we ensure the persistence of analysis software?

I’ve been thinking about sustainable and accessible archiving of bioinformatics software, I’m pretty scandalized at the current state of affairs, and had a bit of a complain about it before. I thought I’d post some links to other people’s ideas and talk a bit about the situation and action that is needed right now. Casey Bergman…

Open social reference management

Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, Citeulike, and others are all playing the social reference management game. You store your PDFs in their excellent programmes and then you can start to be social; form groups, browse subject categories, subscribe to other people’s reference lists. My question is this: is the current implementation the best way forward for us, the…

Bio-Linux in a VirtualBox

For those of you who haven’t come across it before Bio-Linux is an operating system set up for bioinformatics with a huge number of programs pre-installed. It can be obtained (for free) from the NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre. I’ve spent quite a while recently messing with installations of software packages and wanted to see how…

TreeGradients

I came across a nice program by Heroen Verbruggen called TreeGradients. “TreeGradients is a tree drawing program. The tree drawing options are fairly basic but the program has the ability to plot several types of continuous variables at the nodes in colors and use linear color gradients to fill the branches between nodes. The output…

Perl scripts for phylogenetics

The script I referred to in my last post is actually seqConverter.pl written by Olaf Bininda-Emonds, with a few minor modifications to send the output directly to phyml. I thought I would flag up his site which has a large and very useful collection of perl scripts for phylogenetic data wrangling. These are open-source scripts…

Google Maps and Phylogenies

Following on from my previous post I decide to try Google Maps as an interface to large phylogenetic trees. This was a very quick and dirty go at seeing whether it would work as a navigable interface. I tried the implementation at MapLib which allows you to upload your own images and use Google Maps…

Genome Projector for trees?

It seems that Genome Projector has swept the blogosphere over the last 24 hours. I’ve seen it listed on many of the blogs I’m reading. It looks very good and intuitive. I just wanted to mention a couple of things.This is a beautiful example of what happens when open source software is championed. Google maps…