WormMart Sunset Period: to be retired 01 Jan 2016

Today we are announcing the “sunset” period for WormMart at WormBase. WormMart will be formally retired from WormBase at the end of 2015.

For many years, WormMart was the primary data mining facility at WormBase. Later, we replaced it with WormMine based on the Intermine platform. In that time, we have maintained the two in parallel, although WormMart updates were frozen at the WS220 release of WormBase.

With the new release of WormMine for WS250, WormMine is now in a position to replace much of the existing functionality of WormMart but with a raft of more powerful and useful features. Over coming releases starting with WS251 (due for release at the end of 2015), we will be rapidly expanding the content of WormMine, starting with orthology, RNAi, and sequence features such as binding sites.

Questions or concerns? Please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help.

WormMine unavailable until Friday, October 30th

Due to scheduled service windows and final preparations of an update, the old instance of WormMine will be unavailable for approximately five days.

The WormMine service will return Friday, October 30th along with the WS250 release of WormBase. In the interim, please feel free to contact us should you have specific data mining queries.

WormBase Service Interruption: 25 December 2014 [complete]

In order to perform service and security upgrades, WormBase will be operating at reduced capacity and be periodically unavailable between the hours of 12PM to 4PM ET (GMT -5). We apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

The upgrade has been completed. All services are now back online. We apologize for the disruption.

WormBase and the "Heartbleed" security issue

Recently, a serious security gap was identified in the software that provides the “secure” component of many websites. Called “Heartbleed“, this issue could possibly affect upwards of 2/3 of websites. Exploits of this issue leave no trace making it particularly vicious.

The WormBase website was also affected.

We have applied recommended security patches and are no longer vulnerable to this issue. We strongly encourage all registered users of WormBase to change their passwords.

Read more about Heartbleed on the NY Times or the original report documenting the issue.