Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Status of biodiversity services

The brilliant Rod Page has created a monitoring service for bioinformatics web sites & services (like DiGIR) after he ran into uptime issues with databases at Smithsonian & other large institutions. Check it out at:
http://bioguid.info/status/

His rationale, posted to the Taxacom listserv:
http://mailman.nhm.ku.edu/pipermail/taxacom/2008-October/027827.html

Additional information about Rod's thoughts here, on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/rdmpage
(Tweets as documentation. A first!)

I applaud this idea. As I Twittered (Tweeted?) back to Rod, he has "created an incentive chart for bioinformatics services, like in sales." A little competition is good among peers, and this is the first time I've seen a visual overview of how my servers & sites are doing compared with others in my field. I'm sure this was Rod's goal and he nailed it.

Now, how do we ensure that the service monitor is up?

2 comments:

Edward Baker said...

Yeah - what happened to that service :S

Chris Freeland said...

HA! Looks like Rod took bioguid down. Well, I guess the canary is dead. We are all doomed.