openSNP has grown a lot since our humble beginnings. In 2017 alone we got around 1,000 new genetic data sets that were donated by all of you. And we are extremely grateful for each and every one of these. But with the growth in data increases the computational complexity of keeping our service up and running. This is why we recently invested in some upgrades of our server, raising our monthly operating costs to ~ $120.
Luckily, Christmas is coming and with it the traditional time for fundraising. For those of you who are interested in doing regular contributions we are on Patreon since the end of 2015 and every small contribution already helps.
But thanks to a collaboration with DNAGeeks we can now present an alternative way to contribute: You can now but T-Shirts and Mugs with the openSNP logo. You will not only drink your coffee full of style, but 20% of each sale will be used to support our hosting costs.2017-12-12
As part of last year's Google Summer of Code, Mateus Jabour worked on a more modern, responsive design of openSNP. Only now did we find the time to incorporate his proposed changes which is why you're seeing a new page! There are still some minor kinks and problems to iron out, if you find something, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The results of a recent survey with openSNP users studying the motivations behind medical data sharing has been published in PLOS ONE: Open sharing of genomic data: Who does it and why?. Tobias Haeusermann and Bastian Greshake Tzovaras wrote an article about the survey for repositive.io: Is sharing always caring? On open genomic data sharing and why people do it..
Each year Google is running its Google Summer of Code (GSoC), which is aimed at students to get started with open source work. Students participating in it will get paid by Google to work on a specific open source project for 3 months. The Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) has put up a few of our project ideas, so if you're a currently enrolled student and you want to work on improving openSNP while earning money, our proposed projects are listed online. Most of the projects don't require too much specific biology knowledge but basic proficiency in Ruby (on Rails) and Web Development. And even if you're lacking the Ruby skills but know other scripting languages it might be something for you. You won't be on your own, as we will mentor successful applicants. Some more general information can be found on the OBF's GSoC pages. The application deadline for this year's Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is approaching fast (March 25th). So If you're interested in participating in this program, just reply to this newsletter or join us on gitter2016-03-17
We strive to keep openSNP a friendly community, amongst our developers as well as the community on openSNP.org. So far this hasn't been a problem and we don't expect it to become one. Thanks for being model open science citizens to everyone in the openSNP universe. In order to show our commitment to diversity, inclusion and creating safe spaces we are adopting a Code of Conduct, inspired by the team of Slidewinder.io.2016-02-05
As our database has grown so much (over 2100 data sets already!), we will need to upgrade our server to keep track with the amount of data to process. To support us in renting more computing power you can help us with a small monthly contribution on Patreon. You can learn more about this on our blog!2015-09-23
We have sent out one of our rare newsletters! If you haven't received your copy - which is likely since our mailing system apparently flips coins to decide whether to send out mails - the entire text is available on our blog here. Happy Easter!No date
We support the access2research petition for Open Access directed to the Obama administration. The petition wants to make Open Access publication of tax-funded publications mandatory. In total, 25,000 signatures are needed to have the petition officially reviewed by the White House. Non-US-citizens may sign the petition, too, so it would be great if you sign it, too! For more information, please read our blogpost on the petition.
The promised support for the Distributed Annotation System will take some time. But in the meantime you can access openSNP using some simple JSON-methods. Examples can be found for SNPs, users and phenotypes. To learn more about how to use those methods you may want to read the FAQ or this blogpost we've written about this.No date
Hello everyone! We've bought a SSL-certificate so that you can safely browse this site (especially relevant if you log in to this site over an open WLAN). You can access the SSL-version of openSNP over this link. It's still experimental, so if you find anything please message Philipp or Bastian.No date