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Thursday, February 20, 2014

ISCB director Manuel Corpas guest edits the F1000Research BioJS collection

Last week F1000Research (http://f1000research.com) published the BioJS collection (http://f1000research.com/article-collections/BioJS) which comprises of 12 open source biological visualisation components, one BioJS community article and an overarching editorial. The collection showcases JavaScript software components contributed by developers from all over the world and marks a significant step towards improving the way scientists can visualise biological data. The BioJS community, initiated at EMBL-EBI and coordinated by TGAC, has so far created 39 different software components in a very short time. Its new collection, like the community itself, provides a valuable resource for disseminating knowledge swiftly.

Manuel Corpas, Guest Editor of the F1000Research BioJS collection and Project Leader for Plant and Animal Genomes at TGAC, said: "There are many websites out there that try to give people new ways to visualise biological data that might originate with providers like EMBL-EBI or the NCBI. For users, for the scientists, it's important that the software behind those visualisations is held to an agreed standard. It ensures a level of quality, and more importantly, it makes it much, much easier to compare things and draw interesting parallels."

To find out more about the collection and the BioJS community then please read this interview with Manny: http://blog.f1000research.com/2014/02/18/biojs-visualising-biological-data-an-interview-with-manuel-corpas/.

There are many ways you can join this community: you could join the BioJS GitHub portal (https://github.com/biojs/biojs), follow the BioJS Twitter account @BiojsLibrary for updates on training events and also access the Google Group mail list of developers that it is open for anyone to join and/or read: biojs@googlegroups.com.

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Contact Person: Michael Markie (michael.markie@f1000.com)

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