AAtDB is now available on CD-ROM
As part of the on-going multispecies database project at the USDA's
National Agricultural Library, NAL has produced a prototype CD which
contains AAtDB as well several other databases. According to Doug Bigwood
at NAL, "..this is a prototype and hence isn't quite a slick as it could
be. However, the data is there and for those who do not have Internet
access this might be very
The ACEDB databases available on the CD are:
AAtDB Arabidopsis thaliana
TreeGenes forest trees (conifers)
GrainGenes wheat and its relatives
ACEDB C. elegans
However, these databases do not have the full functionality of ACEDB and
in particular are lacking the interactive graphics and query capabilities
that ACEDB in its "native" form provides.
What computer stuff is needed?:
A Sun workstation, or a 386 or better PC running Windows (the next version
will be Mac compatible as well), and a CD-ROM drive.
What is on the disk?:
1. Hypertext versions of all the databases that NAL is currently making
available over the Internet, in a similar format - images are included
where available. A hypertext front-end to all of the databases including
instructions is also there.
2. The Mosaic Hypertext viewer for both MS-Windows and Sun X-Windows.
3. Image viewing software; xv for Sun and lview for MS-Windows.
4. The acedb executable versions of all the databases - for Sun only.
Included are some additional databases using acedb 2 or 3 (such as THE
acedb, human 21,
5. Extensive acedb documentation, similar to that NAL is making available
on the World Wide Web (URL http://probe.nalusda.gov:8000/index.html).
How to get it?:
It's free, send me a request via email or post. Include your name and
mailing address. I have a limited supply, so please don't have every one
in the lab ask for one, and don't delay.
Curator, AAtDB project
Dept. of Molecular Biology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
email morrisjohn at frodo.mgh.harvard.edu