Review of Biocarta
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002
Description: This website contains maps of many signaling pathways, as well as descriptions of the pathways and e-mail addresses of the people who submitted the pathways.
Strengths: The factors identified on the maps are clickable. When a factor is clicked on a new window opens that contains links to other databases containing information on the gene. This is a very comprehensive set of links. The user can also use a search option to search for a particular pathway or a particular gene. The site contains mostly human pathways, however some of the pathways are also available for the mouse. There are also detailed legends to explain each pathway.
Weaknesses: There is a button on each pathway page to e-mail a guru. However, for most pathways there is no guru available. There are discussion boards for each pathway. However, for every pathway page you click on, a posting for the AKT page appears. I believe that the discussion boards are new and not finished yet. A potential weakness is that it appears anyone can submit a pathway. Therefore, there is a significant risk of errors. I am uncertain if there is an “editor” who checks the pages for errors.
Comprehensiveness: This database is quite comprehensive and contains a variety of signaling pathways.
Timeliness: It appears that the site is updated regularly.
Ease of Use: The site was very user friendly and easy to navigate.
Responsiveness: All windows opened without delay.
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Overall Evaluation: 4.5
Reviewer: Jessica Passeggio