Future of FlyMine

Dear FlyMine users,
We regret to announce that FlyMine will only be updated until December 2008/ January 2009. After that the final version will be kept live for as many years as it is still significantly used. Condolences would be appreciated and can be sent to support@flymine.org!
There are a couple of reasons for this change. Currently there is a great opportunity to develop a medically-focussed database using the InterMine system developed during the FlyMine project: we plan to generate a resource valuable to the broader biomedical research community and for which there will be little overlap with other resources worldwide. In addition, our most recent funding reviewers expressed concern at perceived overlap with FlyBase, leading us to re-evaluate where we could most effectively contribute.
Fortunately, FlyBase is keen to cover the loss of functionality provided to the Drosophila community either by adopting InterMine or by developing similar functionality themselves. In order to assess priorities for users we will be carrying out a survey jointly with FlyBase and encourage you to take part.
Drosophila data will still be available through the InterMine platform as part of the modENCODE project. In addition, the NIH is reviewing an application to incorporate InterMine functionality as part of the yeast (SGD), rat (RGD) and zebrafish (ZFIN) model organism databases.
During the FlyMine project our group developed the open source InterMine system, which is software used to create data warehouses with a flexible web interface. InterMine reduces the effort needed to build and maintain both small and large-scale data warehouses, while providing flexible querying, powerful operations on lists and integrated analysis tools.
InterMine has become a successful project in its own right and is being adopted by a growing number of groups for their own database projects. It has made real progress in enabling the creation of integrated databases and providing biologists with advanced functionality, and we will continue its development. We thank all users of FlyMine for contributing to this success by providing feedback and suggestions.
The FlyMine/ InterMine Team

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