Sequence databases on the network

Reinhard Doelz doelz at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Sat Oct 31 10:35:02 EST 1992

In article <9210281920.AA24061 at phage.cshl.org>, theiss at CSHL.ORG (Bobbie Peters in Grace) writes:
|> Speaking of PIR Releases. Is there any way to get PIR on tape or
|> on CD?  - instead of ftping the whole thing over the net?
|> How about Swiss-Prot?

There are a variety of sources which can be used to download sequence 
databases (full releases) via FTP. I find this procedure tolerable on 
local or may be national networks, but it is definitively overkill 
on international lines. I am currently providing Swissprot and EMBL in generic, 
as well all other databases in GCG/PIR format.  If the usage of FTP'ing 
these databases outside of Switzerland continues as it did in the past 
(e.g., EMBL was downloaded by more than 18 sites, five of them being 
information providers, which is okay, but the rest were sites who wanted 
to "save money", or didn't know about a resource on their national net), 
we will be forced to close down this way of access for international networks. 

However, GOPHER provides a much better way of network services 
on the databases. WAIS indexing is fine for most trivial questions but has 
some weakness in more sophisticated queries. To my knowledge there are 
currently only a few sites in the world which can be accessed this way: 

GENBANK / updates : Don Gilbert IUBIO Archive
PIR and NRL_3D    : Dan Davison  Houston Archives
SWISSPROT         : R.Doelz   bioftp server
EMBL / updates    : R.Doelz   bioftp server 

# gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu
Name=IUBio Biology Archive, Indiana University 
# davison at uh.edu 
Name=UH PIR server (Houston, experimental)
# embnet at comp.bioz.unibas.ch
Name=EMBnet BioInformation Resource (Switzerland)


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