[BiO BB] Hosting a bioinformatics project
jeff at bioinformatics.org
Tue Apr 13 18:19:52 EDT 2004
Bioinformatics.Org currently runs an earlier version of the SourceForge
system. Other than specific differences in features, Bioinformatics.Org
distinguishes itself in the following ways:
1. Our focus is on bioinformatics, with bioinformatic open labs (like
2. We host web-based, server-side executables, including Perl, Python
and CGI support.
3. We host web-based databases, including MySQL and Postgres support.
4. Project members have shell-level access to CVS, crontab and other
5. Shell account use is not limited to software development.
6. Storage has no hard limit.
7. Users have IMAP4 access to e-mail (soon to be Web-based and POP3).
8. We can accommodate special needs, because we're smaller (150+
projects vs. 80,000 at SF) and can keep track of members more easily
(has the president of VA Software ever contacted you personally? ;-)).
9. Bioinformatics.Org is non-profit, and even our resources are open
source (vs. SF, which places commercial banners on project pages and has
a commercial-only license for its current version).
10. Project members can give a presentation about their project at
Organization meetings, and the presenter attends for free. Travel and
other grants for project administrators are on the horizon.
We're actually migrating to the GForge system, which is an open source
fork of SF, by original SF developer Tim Perdue. It's very competitive
with commercial SourceForge. Check out our system under development
(caveat: under development!)
We're currently running GForge 3.1 and will update to the latest (3.3+)
before going live.
This page has a good comparison of some of the hosts out there (not
If you have any more questions, please ask.
Kevin Murphy wrote:
> What are the pros and cons of hosting a project at bioinformatics.org as
> opposed to sourceforge? I have a project
> (http://genome.chop.edu/mePCR/) that I'd like to have hosted.
J.W. Bizzaro jeff at bioinformatics.org
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