Tip of the Week: BioExtract Server
The BioExtract Server is a tool that allows the researcher to search and access data, analyze that data and then store the data and create workflows from the analysis. In that respect it’s very similar to Galaxy. BioExtract was developed by two groups (Brendel and Lushbough) at Iowa State and University of South Dakota, respectively.
Today’s tip in a quick introduction to BioExtract. If you have used Galaxy before*, you will immediately notice differences in execution, usability and community. Both have workflows. I like Galaxy’s implementation of histories better and Bioextract does seem to focus on comparative genomics more. Both BioExtract and Galaxy are (or will be) part of MyExperiment, a site to find, use and share workflows and other “research objects.”
*(Disclosure: OpenHelix does training and outreach for Galaxy)