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The BioCatalogue Functional Unit paper presented at IEEE 2010 Fourth International Workshop on Scientific Workflows

By Franck TanohGb (over 10 years ago)

Functional Units: Abstractions for Web Service Annotations "The work presented in this paper stems from the observation that current annotation models force users to think in terms of service interfaces, rather than of high-level functionality, thus reducing their effectiveness. To alleviate this problem, we introduce the Functional Units (FU) as the elementary units of information used to describe a service. Using popular examples of services for the Life Sciences, we define FUs as config...

The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) joins forces with the BioCatalogue

By Franck TanohGb (over 10 years ago)

The NCRI Informatics Initiative and the BioCatalogue have joined forces with the aim of making research resources more accessible to the biomedical research community. The collaboration has seen the integration of the BioCatalogue into the NCRI Informatics Initiative

Latest updates - service responsibility, monitoring status changes, service activity, service update checker and many more

By Jiten BhagatGbAdmin (over 10 years ago)

We have updated the BioCatalogue with a number of new features and improvements in recent weeks. Below we highlight and describe the main ones: - Service responsibility request mechanism - Monitoring test changes feed - New activity feeds for individual services - Service update checker (WSDL updates for now) - Archiving services - REST endpoints in search - Service provider curation - Various service monitoring updates - New API features - Harvesting details from Soaplab services...

The BioCatalogue NAR paper listed on the NAR featured Articles page

By Franck TanohGb (over 10 years ago)

The BioCatalogue Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) paper has been chosen by the Editors of Nucleic Acids Research to appear on their Featured Articles page. "Featured Articles highlight the best papers published in NAR. These articles are chosen by the Executive Editors on the recommendation of Editorial Board Members and Referees. They represent the top 5% of papers in terms of originality, significance and scientific ex...

BioCatalogue and Taverna featured on the OpenHelix Blog

By Jiten BhagatGbAdmin (over 10 years ago)

The BioCatalogue and Taverna projects were featured today on the OpenHelix Blog in a post by Mary Mangan. Mary does a nice job of explaining the purpose of the BioCatalogue, and has also put together a very cool introductory video (available on the blog post). More about the OpenHelix Blog (from their ab...

The BioCatalogue Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) paper now published.

By Franck TanohGb (over 10 years ago)

BioCatalogue: a universal catalogue of web services for the life sciences Jiten Bhagat; Franck Tanoh; Eric Nzuobontane; Thomas Laurent; Jerzy Orlowski; Marco Roos; Katy Wolstencroft; Sergejs Aleksejevs; Robert Stevens; Steve Pettifer; Rodrigo Lopez; Carole A. Goble Nucleic Acids Research 2010; doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq394 Read it:

BioCatalogue demo at ISMB 2010 on Sunday, July 11: 3:30 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.

By Franck TanohGb (over 10 years ago)

Technology Track: TT12 Sunday, July 11: 3:30 p.m. - 3:55 p.m. BioCatalogue: The curated catalogue of Life Science Web Services Room: Room: 309 Presenting author: Jiten Bhagat, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

New BioCatalogue Release on Wednesday May 26, 2010 between 15:00-17:00 (GMT+1)

By Eric E. NzuobontaneGbAdmin (over 10 years ago)

We will be deploying a new release of the BioCatalogue on Wednesday May 26, 2010 between 15:00 and 17:00 (GMT+1). Downtime during this upgrade is expected to be less than 10 minutes. Some of the main features included in this release are: The ability to check for updates of WSDL services and automatically refresh BioCatalogue content Allowing users to request for permission to manage service entries in BioCatalogue Ability to mark services as archived...

myExperiment and BioCatalogue

By Jiten BhagatGbAdmin (over 10 years ago)

myExperiment is a sister project of the BioCatalogue - it provides a web 2.0 repository for sharing scientific workflows and other research objects, with social networking elements. If you've not used it, check out and We're just commencing the first part of an integration between myExperiment and Biocatalogue - this will make it easy for myExperiment users to access service information, navigating to BioCatalogue for further detai...

EMBRACE Workshop for Web Service Providers in Bioinformatics, June 2-4, 2010

By Franck TanohGb (almost 11 years ago)

EMBRACE Workshop for Web Service Providers in Bioinformatics: Syntax, Semantics and Publishing June 2-4, 2010 CBS, Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark Link:

BioCatalogue plugin for Taverna 2.1.2

By Alan WIlliamsGb (almost 11 years ago)

An alpha version of the BioCatalogue plugin for Taverna 2.1.2 - - is now available to try out. The plugin allows users to browse services on and add them to their workflows. The plugin has been written by Sergejs Aleksejevs who was also the main developer of the myExperiment perspective for Taverna. To install the plugin, go to Advanced -> Updates and plugins in the Workbench, and click

Latest Release - REST API, better REST Services support, new Operations/Endpoints UI, and new 'For Developers' site

By Jiten BhagatGbAdmin (almost 11 years ago)

The BioCatalogue team is pleased to announce the public release of the BioCatalogue REST API, allowing programmatic access to the data and functionality of the BioCatalogue. There is currently a read only API. We are working on a write API for service submission and annotations. Detailed documentation and guidance is available from here: We'll be fleshing the documentation out some more based on your feedback. Feel free to join th...

BioCatalogue demo and presentation at the 2010 International Symposium on Integrative Bioinformatics

By Franck TanohGb (almost 11 years ago)

The BioCatalogue team will present and demo the BioCatalogue at the 2010 International Symposium on Integrative Bioinformatics in Cambridge, UK: See you there!

BioCatalogue Maintenance - Tuesday March 9, 2010

By Eric E. NzuobontaneGbAdmin (almost 11 years ago)

We are planning some maintenance work on BioCatalogue on Tuesday March 9, 2010 between 16:00-19:00 GMT. We expect this maintenance work to take at about 2-3 hours. We are making every effort to reduce downtime to as little as possible. We expect this downtime to be less than half an hour. In the unlikely event that you experience any difficulties after this maintenance exercise, we would be most pleased if you could contact us as soon as p...

Please, complete the BioCatalogue uses and gratifications surveys

By Franck TanohGb (about 11 years ago)

We are conducting a survey to evaluate the uses and gratifications of the BioCatalogue. The purpose of this study is to investigate how BioCatalogue is being used and to gain an understanding of what users like about using BioCatalogue. Your responses to the study will provide us with valuable feedback and aid in ongoing improvement of the BioCatalogue and its services. It should take you less than 10 min to complete the survey. Find the survey here:

Latest Update - Dec 09 - Happy Holidays!

By Jiten BhagatGbAdmin (about 11 years ago)

Hello All, As part of the last release, which includes the Search by Data feature mentioned in a previous email, we have updated with the following: - A brand new homepage that tells you what is currently happening in the BioCatalogue and gives more information about the project in general. - Revamped header with a smaller footprint and clearer navigation options. - Ability to annotate Service Provider profiles with preferred display name, alternative names...

BioCatalogue demo at UK e-Science AHM 2009 in Oxford

By Franck TanohGb (about 11 years ago)

There are two BioCatalogue demo and presentation at AHM 2009 in Oxford ( -Monday 07/12/2009 17:10 - BioCatalogue - Box 12 -Tuesday: 13:00 - BioCatalogue - Box 10 See you there.

Search the BioCatalogue with your data

By Franck TanohGb (about 11 years ago)

We have released a brand new "Search by data" feature. It allows you to query for services that might analyze or process a given real data. For example, given a Fasta file, it returns a list of services that possibly consume sequences in Fasta format. To access the feature go to: or click on a drop-down button just on the right site of "Providers" link. We would appreciate any suggestions or comments which will help us to improve this feature. ...

BioCatalogue Annotation Jamboree - today

By Franck TanohGb (about 11 years ago)

There is a BioCatalogue annotation jamboree in Manchester today. The goals are to annotate web services in a group effort and to discuss how bio web services could and should be annotated. Join in with the annotation!!!!