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Bioinformatics.org has a Web-based collaborative development environment (CDE) for bioinformatics projects that are developed in the spirit of freedom and openness (e.g., a program is distributed under an OSI-approved license).
Collaborative Development Environment (CDE)
With our CDE, Bioinformatics.org offers a cornucopia of services to developers:
- Advanced Web-based administrative tools providing easy maintenance for all aspects of your project:
- Bug-Tracking System
- Task Manager
- News System
- Discussion Forums
- Public Surveys
- File Release Management
- An SSH account that provides basic shell functions, your own crontab, and access to your HTTP directory
- A Web site for your project:
- URL: http://bioinformatics.org/<yourproject>
- Domain name hosting (mapping to our server)
- Apache mods, SSL, PHP4, Perl, Python and CGI support
- A wiki system installed by default
- Detailed Web site statistics (optional)
- Quota-less drive space (within reason)
- Access to the MySQL or PostgreSQL DBMS from your shell account and web server
- The Mailman mailing list manager
- Your own Subversion and CVS modules with shell-level access
- A Web interface for examining Subversion and CVS modules
- Full read/write access to your own FTP directory, available anonymously to the outside world
- An email address for yourself:
- Address: <yourname>@bioinformatics.org
- IMAP4 access
- Or alias the addresses to your current address
We also offer services for developer and non-developer alike:
- Bioinformatics.org News Forum
- Popular mailing lists:
- BiO Bulletin Board
- Molecular Visualization
- Various portal features (many under active development):
- Wiki FAQ and Encyclopedia
- Calendar of bioinformatics events
- A Jobs Forum (with Curriculum Vitae services under development)
- Internet-based tools for bioinformatics
- Most of which happen to be projects already based at Bioinformatics.org
Bioinformatics.Org vs. other hosts
We distinguish ourselves in the following ways:
- Our focus is entirely on bioinformatics: We have tens of thousands of members with an interest in bioinformatics, making Bioinformatics.org the largest international association in the field.
- We host Web-based, server-side software, including PHP support and CGI support for Python, Perl and binary Linux executables (C/C++, etc.).
- We host Web-based databases, including MySQL and PostgreSQL support.
- Project members have shell-level access to Subversion, CVS, crontab and other resources.
- Shell account use is not limited to software development.
- Storage has no hard limit. We even host CD/DVD ISOs.
- Users have POP3, IMAP4 and shell-level access to email (webmail coming).
- We can accommodate special needs, because we are smaller and can keep track of members more easily. We also have much less traffic to bog down access.
Once logged into the system, you can register a new group. We invite you to do so today!