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iNquiry, caGrid 1.0, Taverna 1.5.0, CLC Developer Kit, Ensembl 42, BioDownloader

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The BioTeam has released its iNquiry software for Microsoft's Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. The iNquiry software platform enables rapid deployment of a cluster and web portal for use in life science informatics. It can now be used with Windows CCS 2003, which has been specifically designed for group and departmental-level deployment.
 

 
The National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid program has released caGrid 1.0, the unifying architecture and operating environment for caBIG systems and applications. Two fundamental types of grid service nodes are available: Data Services and Analytical Services. Biomedical informatics programmers can access these services to retrieve and analyze data objects in XML format. The caGrid 1.0 release contains several tools, including Introduce, which provides a graphical environment for developing caBIG-compatible data and analytical grid services; caGrid Portal, which provides a dynamic view of services running on caGrid; and Dorian, Grid Grouper, and Grid Trust Service, which manage and administer a federated security infrastructure in caGrid. The architecture has also been migrated to the Web Service Resource Framework standard and Globus Toolkit 4.
 

 
The myGrid project has released Taverna 1.5.0. The new version of the open source workflow software includes an improved user interface with “built-in perspectives” to allow the design and enactment of workflows and plug-ins that enable users to create their own layouts from individual components. Taverna 1.5.0 also allows multiple workflows to be open and enacted at the same time.
 

 
CLC Bio has released the CLC Developer Kit, a software development kit that is a free add-on to the company’s current bioinformatics software products. The CLC Developer Kit enables users to customize their bioinformatics workbenches to their specific needs, either through the use of downloadable software plug-ins developed by third parties or through their own plug-ins. The company said it will host specialized plug-ins on its website.
 

 
Ensembl 42 is now available here. New features include user accounts, which enable researchers to save bookmarks, view configurations, and homepage preferences. Users can also set up groups to organize and share bookmarks and configurations. Ensembl 42 also includes an improved data-mining interface based on BioMart 0.5, and new data from platypus, dog, and chicken.
 

 
The Fox Chase Cancer Center has released BioDownloader, an application for downloading or updating files from ftp and http servers. The program is specifically designed to deal with bioinformatics data files and servers and is optimized to work with very large file sets. It includes a built-in repository with settings for the most common bioinformatics downloads and a wizard for batch post-processing of downloaded files. The software, which is free to researchers in both non-profit and commercial institutions, is available here.

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