(Biological Integrated Knowledge Environment)
BioBIKE Instances (and what they focus on)
StaphyloBIKE (Staphylococcus) Public site [alternate]
Rationale for BioBIKE
Basic new biological insights require making new sense out of basic biological information, and with increasing frequency, that information comes from genomes and other sources too large for the human mind to absorb unaided.
One solution is for biologists to become familiar with a few tools, such as Blast. This gets the researcher from one point to another, like flying high above the terrain. Some places are impossible to get to in this way.
Another solution is to procure the services of a computer programmer. This may produce new tools appropriate to the problem at hand, but it is like traveling in a darkened limosine, where the passenger directs the driver but with no first hand knowledge of the surrounding world.
BioBIKE offers a different solution, one where a computationally inexperienced researcher may ride leisurely through the data, observing its novelty and responding directly to it.More rationale Guided tours of BioBIKE BioBIKE for Programmers
The National Science Foundation has funded a major project to create an on-line resource for the community annotation of bacteriophage genomes and metagenomes. This resource will use BioBIKE as its user interface. Read more here.