Yesterday, I gave a tutorial in Toronto, Canada on how to use the EBI chemical entities databases as part of the 'Patent Informatics: Sequence & Chemical Databases for Prior Art Searching' workshop. This one day session was organised by the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop. It was held at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, which is situated in downtown Toronto. It was a very well organised workshop with good facilities and tasty refreshments. Toronto is a beautiful city and I hope to explore it tomorrow before flying down to Boston to give my talk at Bio-IT World.
UniChem new beta interface and web services We are excited to announce that our UniChem beta site will become the default one on the 11th of May. The new system will allow us to better maintain UniChem and to bring new functionality in a more sustainable way. The current interface and web services will still be reachable for a period of time at https://www.ebi.ac.uk/unichem/legacy . In addition to it, the most popular legacy REST endpoints will also remain implemented in the new web services: https://www.ebi.ac.uk/unichem/api/docs#/Legacy Some downtime is expected during the swap. What's new? UniChem’s current API and web application is implemented with a framework version that’s not maintained and the cost of updating it surpasses the cost of rebuilding it. In order to improve stability, security, and support the implementation and fast delivery of new features, we have decided to revamp our user-facing systems using the latest version of widely used and maintained frameworks, i