UCSC Genome Browser, new mirror in Europe

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Bumped from the original date of posting because of the outage at UCSC–I’m seeing it too:

From the UCSC announcement mailing list comes this bit of news:

…we now have a maintained Genome Browser
mirror site in Denmark that may provide faster access for our European
users. The mirror, which is sponsored by the Bioinformatics Centre at
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, can be accessed at
http://genome-mirror.binf.ku.dk/. This site provides up-to-date data for
most of the assemblies currently available on the UCSC Genome Browser
website. We’d like to thank Jakob Pedersen for his efforts in
establishing this mirror site, and the Bioinformatics Centre at
University of Copenhagen for sponsoring it.

For a complete list of maintained Genome Browser mirror sites, please
see http://genome.ucsc.edu/mirror.html.

Denmark is terrific.  It is the only place I have ever seen that has genetically modified statues….

A quick word about the UCSC Mailing lists.  There are several available.  The “Genome-announce” one that I describe here has announcements such as new mirrors, new species, updated species, new tools, etc.  The “Genome mailing list” discussion one is a very active list that is used by UCSC users all over the world to ask questions and get help from the UCSC team.  It is tremendously helpful if you are an active user and want to learn other strategies and deepen your understanding of how the tools are working.  However–if you don’t want to have emails in your box all the time, it is all archived and searchable as well.  If there’s a topic you want to know more about be sure to do a search there.  It is a very extensive collection that should be considered as super documentation of features.  But if that doesn’t solve your problem, write in and ask.  They are terrific at answering questions on how to accomplish things since they know were everything is :)

EDIT: new mirror in Australasia, announced 5/28/09 on the announce mailing list:

We’re pleased to announce the availability of a public Genome Browser mirror for the Australasian research community: http://genome.qfab.org.

The Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB), in conjunction with the University of Queensland, Australia, maintains this full mirror of the UCSC Genome Browser, which is sponsored by the Australian Research Council. The QFAB mirror offers alternative access to the Genome Browser data when the UCSC site is unavailable, and may provide better performance for our Australasian users.

We’d like to extend our thanks to QFAB for providing and maintaining this mirror, and in particular to Jeremy Barker and Michael Pheasant for their collaborative work with UCSC in setting up this site.

EDIT: new URL for MCW mirror, announced 10/23/09 on the announce mailing list:

For those of you who have bookmarked the UCSC Genome Browser mirror site at the Medical College of Wisconsin, please note that the URL has changed to http://genome.hmgc.mcw.edu/. We have updated the MCW link on the UCSC Genome Browser mirror page (http://genome.ucsc.edu/mirror.html).

2 thoughts on “UCSC Genome Browser, new mirror in Europe

  1. Mary

    Whoa–I just get home and see giant traffic to this post, and find out why…UCSC is down??

    As a public service I’ll also list the other mirrors here, but you can also link to the Mirrors navigation in Denmark and see them:

    +++++++++UCSC MIRRORS PAGE LINKS++++++++

    UCSC supports and maintains the following mirror site that may be used during network or power outages on the UCSC campus:

    http://genome.brc.mcw.edu/

    This site is updated regularly with the latest data and software, and closely replicates the main Genome Browser site. Thanks to the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, for providing this server. Please limit the use of this site to occasions when the UCSC-based site is unavailable.

    The following site, sponsored by the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy at Duke University, Durham, N.C., is a regularly maintained mirror that may be used when the UCSC site is unavailable:

    http://genome-mirror.duhs.duke.edu/

    Thanks to Terry Furey at Duke University for providing and maintaining this mirror.

    The Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology at Cornell University maintains an up-to-date site that mirrors most of the more recent assemblies available on the UCSC Genome Browser site:

    http://genome-mirror.bscb.cornell.edu/

    This mirror may contain additional Cornell-generated annotations in addition to the standard UCSC tracks. Many thanks to Adam Siepel at Cornell University for providing this mirror.

    The Bioinformatics Centre at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, maintains a partial mirror that may provide better performance for our European users:

    http://genome-mirror.binf.ku.dk/

    Thanks to Jakob Skou Pedersen at University of Copenhagen for providing and maintaining this mirror.

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