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:
His rationale, posted to the Taxacom listserv:
Additional information about Rod's thoughts here, on Twitter:
(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?