Few suggestions for good biological database design

Few suggestion for good biological database design (from the NAR database issue 2007-Editorial). Here is the summary

1.The quality, quantity and originality of data as well as the quality of the web interface are the most important.

2.Web database should be comprehensive (database should not be overspecialized), attribution of original data sources .

3. For bulk data, it should be available as flat files

4. The database web address should have unique domain name and easy to remember. Providing easy web interface, easy searching.

5. Providing help and examples where every necessary.

6. Server should not be slow


The 2007 database issue update includes 968 databases, 110 more than the previous one.

It can be viewed online

http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/vol35/suppl_1/index.dtl

Reference
Nucleic Acids Research, 2007, Vol. 35, Database issue D1-D2

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