BioCIDER: a Contextualisation InDEx for biological Resources discovery

The vast, uncoordinated proliferation of bioinformatics resources (databases, software tools, training materials etc.) makes it difficult for users to find them. To facilitate their discovery, various services are being developed to collect such resources into registries. We have developed BioCIDER, which, rather like online shopping ‘recommendations’, provides a contextualization index to help identify biological resources relevant to the content of the sites in which it is embedded.

Availability and Implementation

BioCIDER ( is an open-source platform. Documentation is available online (, and source code is freely available via GitHub ( The BioJS widget that enables websites to embed contextualization is available from the BioJS registry ( All code is released under an MIT licence.

Data and Resources

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DOI 10.1093/bioinformatics/btx213
Date Last Updated 2019-07-26T19:21:04.559056
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