April 15, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 8)
Strong Points: Nicely designed site, public datasets available
Weak Points: Most features limited to Illumina instrument users
Researchers who use Illumina instruments for their sequencing needs should definitely consider registering on BaseSpace, Illumina’s “genomics cloud computing” website. This website provides great integration options with sequencing instruments, especially when it comes to data storage. For example, users can choose to save their data from any MiSeq, HiSeq, or NextSeq runs directly to BaseSpace as it is acquired. The BaseSpace website also includes a large number of analysis tools that registered users can access for free. These include genome browsers, variant analyzers, TopHat alignment, and various assembly apps. Even if you yourself do not use perform sequencing experiments or use the Illumina platform, you can access a number of public sequencing datasets through BaseSpace, including details about the run and graphical representations of the data.