Monthly Archives: January 2013

Release 28/01/13: Faster queries now live

Our website is now running queries using the superfast ELK reasoner, which means it takes under a second to generate results, even when several queries are run concurrently in different tabs. For more technical details see our previous post.

Together with this latest improvement, today’s release improves the functionality for tracts, displaying a specific query menu for these. You can now search for neuron classes that fasciculate with a tract, for expression (transgene or gene) or for phenotypes that affect a specific tract.

Our users may have experienced intermittent downtime that was required to push the new version live. The service is now fully restored.

 

 

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New faster reasoner in beta-testing

We are pleased to announce that we are moving to the new superfast reasoner ELK for all of our queries. The new reasoner is an order of magnitude faster than the present, JFact based reasoner. With the new reasoner the longest expression queries take just under 1 sec to return.

Those of you geeky enough to be interested in technical details might want to check out Samuel Croset’s Brain library, which we used in the implementation.

The new application is now in beta-testing. Watch this space for the official release announcement

 

 

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Back to normal

We’ve solved the problem with our servers and functionality is completely restored.

Apologies again for the disruptions.

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Continuing intermittent problems on VFB

Unfortunately the problems with our servers are ongoing. That is likely to result in our website going down intermittently. Apologies to all our users, we’re working hard to solve this problem.

We will make an announcement when the problems are resolved.

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Problems solved

Everything is working fine now, apologies again for the disruptions.

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Disruptions to VFB

Apologies for the disruptions to the website.¬†We’re experiencing some scheduled and unscheduled issues.

The VFB servers were down yesterday, that has now been fixed.

Today there is a scheduled interruption of service to the servers which host our neuron clusters data. We still don’t know when they’ll be up and running again.

Nothing else on the website is affected, so all queries other than “Individual ¬†neurons with:” can be used.

 

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Over 10 000 visits!

Our site hit the 10 000 visits mark over the New Year since it went live in late April 2011. This is largely due to the increase in traffic in the last few months. So thank you to all the people that use our site and to all our new users!

If the site has been useful to your work please let us know, by sending us a short user case story. These will be very useful for us now that grant deadlines are approaching.

 

 

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Pop-ups no more: release 2012/12/20

A new release of the website is now live, replacing the pop-ups that made navigation difficult, with regular links. This means that query results, and any other links are now displayed as a list on the same window. You can use your browser options to open links in a new tab, if that is preferred.

Other improvements include:

The new query menu implemented on the release of 2012/11/12 has rendered the query menu on the anatomy tree obsolete. From now on, to run a query from the Adult Stack page, you can use the query menu at the top of term info panel.

Links to the Neurolex Wiki are now available on the term info page for each term, both on the Adult Stack and the Anatomy/Neuron Finder pages.

Several minor bugs have been fixed, including the display of the wrong query menu on term info panel for tracts and neurons.

 

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