Announcing: The Bioresource Project Manager Directory

Are you a Project Manager or Team Leader of a biological resource, database, or repository?

Add yourself to the Bioresource Project Manager Directory.

Let’s get to know each other. There’s much to discuss. Start by adding yourself to the directory. Don’t worry, your information will be kept private.

Initially, I plan to create a mailing list (Google Groups, perhaps?).

And stay tuned for an upcoming announcement, one you’ll hopefully find exciting!

A Worthy Mercurial (hg) Tutorial from Joel Spolsky

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).

Nonetheless, for small teams accustomed to the quirks of SVN, the transition to DVCS can be a rocky road. Recently I came across Joel Spolsky’s excellent HG Init: Mercurial Tutorial.

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.