Synapse moves out of Beta

It is our pleasure to announce that Synapse has moved from a Beta offering to a production piece of software. To celebrate, the Synapse website has been given major facelift – now donning a more sleek bootstrap-style interface and taking advantage of the full browser width. This will allow Synapse to build out more mobile-friendly content in the future.

Also new is that Synapse Projects are now organized using tabs to ease navigation through user generated content. The two most prominent tabs will be Wiki and Files – allowing users to craft their scientific narratives in a space immediately adjacent to their scientific assets such as data, code, and the provenance linking those assets together. This change in design will also allow for other tabs to be introduced in the future as further Synapse functionality is added.

We would like to thank all of our users who helped us kick the tires during our Beta phase. We will continue to add new features and roll out new versions of the service – and Synapse will continue to be a free service to the research community. As always – we welcome feedback about Synapse – and encourage suggestions for future directions.

– The Synapse Development Team

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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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