Review of 2can Bioinformatics

Title: 2can Bioinformatics

URL: http://www.ebi.ac.uk/2can/

Date Reviewed: 05/04/06

Description: The 2can Bioinformatics site is a teaching and training resource of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). This site provides short and concise introductions to basic concepts in molecular and cell biology and bioinformatics. The main emphasis is placed on making it as easy as possible for the user to understand which tools and databases are available from the EBI and from sites belonging to its collaborators. The site content aims to make these services easier and more accessible but also provides links to other sites where similar resources are maintained and well supported. It lists Bibliographic Databases , Taxonomic Databases , Nucleotide Databases , Genomic Databases , Protein Databases , and Microarray Databases .

Strengths: Simple and easy to use. Provides a lot of basic material for the beginner in the field and may especially appeal to clinicians and researchers seeking to apply this knowledge in a translational context.

Weaknesses: Targets the novice and not the expert. However has a link from the Expasy bioinformatics team in Switzerland for information resources for molecular biologists.

Comprehensiveness: Reasonable

Timeliness: frequently (not specified)

Ease of Use: good

Responsiveness: yes

Similar or Related Sites: Bioinformatics Tutorials; University of British Columbia Bioinformatics Center

Overall Evaluation: * * * * * (1 to 5 stars)

Reviewer: Madhumathi Rao

Email: mrao@tufts-nemc.org