Announcing Synapse DOIs and other features

Synapse software engineers have been hard at work churning out features leading up to the 2013 Sage Bionetworks Commons Congress. A new version of Synapse services will be released on Tuesday April 16th.

We allow users to create a DOI to reference Synapse content from external systems or scientific publications.  DOIs are a scientific publishing standard used to create robust links across many different websites to content, and provide users a short and easy way to share and reference their work (e.g. doi:10.7303/syn1234.5).  DOIs for Synapse Files, Folders, and Projects can be created on the Synapse webpage for each of these objects, and can reference either the current version, or a specific version of a file.  Also, any DOIs included in markdown will be converted into links automatically.

Other new features include:

  • external URLs in provenance views
  • ability to reference a Synapse File in markdown
  • ability to scale images imbedded into markdown
  • ability to wrap text around left-or-right-floated images

About Brian Bot
I am a Principal Scientist working in Computational Oncology at Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, Washington and Community Manager for our technology platforms. Previously, I worked in the Department of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics at the Mayo Clinic for 7 years. This work included 7 years of dealing with cancer clinical trial data as part of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center (MCCC). I have extensive experience in working with clinical and genomic data and have a passion for exploring innovative ways to make science more open and transparent. My current work involves both doing innovative research in computational oncology as well as serving as a bridge between biomedical researchers and technology development. At its heart, this work is driven to re-envision how scientists can ensure reproducibility of their research results and communicate complex science to one another and to the public at large. I have been an invited speaker at a number of national and international events to share my experiences living at the intersection of biomedical research and technology.

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