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December 6, 2010

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SeqCentral – Focus On Your Science

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SeqCentral - Startup Featured on StartUpLift

Highly-scalable sequence alignment tools through cloud computing.

Target Audience: Computational Biologists and Geeks.
Website URL: https://www.seqcentral.com/


Feedback sought:

  • Visit api.seqcentral.com/index.php/api and scan the page. Explain why it is easy or difficult to find information.
  • Login via api.seqcentral.com/index.php/login using the credentials on the page. Start at the “Databases” page. Is it clear that you can navigate from one resource (e.g., Database, Collaboration, Job) to the next by just clicking?
  • Go the Search page and select one of the executables. Is it clear what you’re supposed to do on the submission page?
  • Now go to www.seqcentral.com and create a free account. Navigate around the site.
  • Do you like the “www.seqcentral.com” website better or worse than “api.seqcentral.com“? Why or why not?

About SeqCentral:

SeqCentral, LLC, aims to provide and harness the high-performance computational power of the cloud as a usable, collaborative, online service to all members of the computational genomics community.

We believe that your data is your data and that the abundance of digital genetic information from next-generation sequencing machines requires next-generation computational infrastructure, interfaces, insight, and innovation.

With access to the cloud through SeqCentral, LLC, you as a researcher can easily collaborate and continue your own research without having to be concerned with the computational complexities involved in creating the highly-scalable, highly-reliable, highly-distributed software necessary for large-scale genetic sequence search.

We want you to focus on your own science and not computer science.

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  1. [1]
    phellman
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    Dec 14 2010
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    •Visit api.seqcentral.com/index.php/api and scan the page. Explain why it is easy or difficult to find information. Being a developer…
     

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    mikib
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    Dec 14 2010
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    • When I went to the website above, I found it to be very busy and hard to find anything on…
     

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    StartUpLift
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    StartUpLift
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  5. [5]
    indfam
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    Points: 50
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    Dec 15 2010
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    The site is quite clean. There is inconsistency with font size especially Terms of Service. The icons are…
     

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  6. [6]
    SeqCentral
    Dec 15 2010
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    Thanks for your detailed feedback.

    I have personally not used Ruby on Rails, but several friends have. I’ll take a look at their site and hopefully gain some better ideas on how to layout the API documentation.

    The UI issue on the signup page is an artifact of the page layout where I am trying to keep everything as high on the page as possible. I’ll need to rework this page as it will be important to not deter users from signing up.

    Your comments on the Search page are also helpful, but I will caveat this with the fact that this particular webapp is highly domain-specific. Even so, a help page would be…err… helpful.

    Lastly, the home page needs to be updated as you have noticed. With the upcoming API being a central focus, I’ll need to change the emphasis.

    Thanks again for taking the time to review the site.
    -Jeremy

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    SeqCentral
    Dec 15 2010
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    Thanks for the feedback.

    The API page has changed a couple of times, but it’s still a work in progress. A key component as you may know is that the API information to be displayed is very technical and the people who use the API will be expecting more substance than style. At the same time, you’ve pointed out that I currently have way too little style.

    And thanks for pointing out the IE issue with https://seqcentral.com. This issue keeps popping up because the SSL certificate is for “www.seqcentral.com”. I’ll try to remedy this today.

    -Jeremy

  8. [8]
    SeqCentral
    Dec 15 2010
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    Thanks for taking the time to review the multiple pages.

    The details that you have noticed appear to have been overlooked in the process of updating the flow of the site as a whole. I’ll be sure to make these modifications you suggested before making the development site “live”.

    Thanks
    -Jeremy

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    wadekay
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    a) I visited api.seqcentral.com/index.php/api and i thought it was relatively easy to find information for the people who are detail…
     

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    greatfeedback4u
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    Dec 16 2010
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    It seems like I'm the only one, but I was actually pretty confused by the homepage. I'm not a…
     

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    websavvy
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    Dec 16 2010
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    * Visit api.seqcentral.com/index.php/api and scan the page. Explain why it is easy or difficult to find information.…
     

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    Sierra12346
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    Dec 17 2010
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    •Visit api.seqcentral.com/index.php/api and scan the page. Explain why it is easy or difficult to find information. I…
     

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    StartUpLift
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    StartUpLift
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    StartUpLift
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  16. [16]
    SeqCentral
    Dec 20 2010
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    Thanks for taking the time.

    I wholeheartedly agree that the site can be improved visually. Do you have any more concrete thoughts on improvements than “more colors”? Being a tool to help scientists, there are some different approaches and UI elements that are better suited than those that might be found elsewhere.

    It’s interesting to hear your thoughts on the signup page. This is not a free service, but there is a trial period. Since the trial period is free, perhaps the inclusion of the CC details is a bit misleading and a deterrent as you’ve pointed out.

    If you happen to come up with any more concrete thoughts, I’d be happy to hear them.

    -Jeremy

  17. [17]
    SeqCentral
    Dec 20 2010
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    Thanks for the wide range of feedback.

    The API page certainly needs more work. One of the key aspects is balancing the examples (the long code snippets) with the documentation. One of the common approaches to development today is to start with an example that is similar to the task that you want to accomplish, and then modify the example to match exactly what you want. Hence, the abundance of examples on the page.

    Your thoughts on the signup and home pages are echoed by others, so this will certainly be improved in the near future.

    Lastly, I’ll take a look at the internal pages again. A lot of improvements have been made internally, but are not quite ready to be shown publicly. However, locking the browser is not a good impression to make.

    -Jeremy

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    SeqCentral
    Dec 20 2010
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    Thanks for the comments.

    Since I agree with you on nearly every point, I don’t have much to add.

    The one part that is interesting to hear is the concept of dropdowns over the spreadsheet. One item of note is that spreadsheets are certainly not the best all around choice, but for some applications, they are ideal. A big issue with genetic data is that there is simply a lot of it. And the current focus of SeqCentral is to enable a scientist to perform the search rather than the visualization of the data. That being said, I think I need to take a few more pointers from Zencoder in order to better display the data.

    Thanks for the feedback
    -Jeremy

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    SeqCentral
    Dec 20 2010
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    Thanks for the feedback.

    A lot of your points have been echoed by others already.

    If you could, can you give more specific reasons why you “like” the site/pages? A more detailed response can greatly help me understand which elements I should focus on.

    Thanks
    -Jeremy

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