At WormBase, we’ve been busy re-writing the website from the ground up to build a modern information discovery space that will generically handle genomic data.
As the project manager, I made the executive decision to switch from CVS/SVN to a distributed version control system (DVCS). I’d used both git and mercurial personally for over a year and enjoyed their flexibility.
And given the already distributed nature of our project, DVCS was a natural fit. (In fact, I believe that DVCS should be roundly adopted across the genomics/bioinformatics research sector precisely for this reason).
If you’re considering or in the process of switching to Mercurial, I highly recommend checking out Joel’s tutorial and circulating it to your team.