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Announcing the release of MetaBase version 1.0
Submitted by Deepan Chakravarthy N; posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
This release documents over 850 databases and nearly 700 data-resources with a growing number of 'user-contributed' articles!

MetaBase is a user-contributed 'database database', designed to list and categorize all the biological databases and data-resources available on the internet! This first release owes much to the Nucleic Acids Research 'Database Summaries' database (2006) and the sister 'Web Server Summaries' database (2006). Permission to use the textual content of these two databases was kindly provided by Oxford University Press.

MetaBase is a 'user-contributed resource', allowing anyone to freely contribute, edit and update entries. Using the same 'MediaWiki' technology that runs the popular 'WikiPedia' website, MetaBase has the capacity to grow in content and scope and is entirely driven by its users. Additionally, many aspects of the database organization can be redesigned by users who understand the power of the MediaWiki templating system. For more information see: [link]

There are many ways that *you* can contribute to MetaBase! For some examples see: [link]

Because MetaBase is a community project, the first 30 'significant' contributors will be added to the list of authors in the first MetaBase publication. See: [link] and [link]

The idea behind this is to emphasize the community aspect of the project while encouraging people to contribute their expertise to the growing system. So if you or someone you know maintains a database, or if you are just interested in helping out, please take a look at the project.

URL:
http://biodatabase.org/

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