Wednesday, December 10, 2014


SimplyMap is an award-winning, web-based mapping application that changes the way you use and interact with complex data. SimplyMap enables non-technical and advanced users to quickly create professional thematic maps and reports using powerful demographic, business, and marketing data.

SimplyMap has all the data you need to answer key research questions, make sound business decisions, and understand the socio-demographic and economic conditions of any geographic area in the United States. We currently offer more than 75,000 data variables related to demographics, employment, housing, market segments, businesses, consumer spending, brand preferences, and public health.” (source)

SimplyMap has several features that make it easy to use, when conducting your research:

  • You can create maps using Thousands of data variables
  • Easy to use tab-based interface
  • Several exporting options for further data manipulation
  • Provides intuitive and detailed reports
  • Can map Millions of Business Points
If you are doing any research that needs demographic data, SimplyMap is an exceptional resource to use.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

TAIR: The Arabiopsis Information Resource

“The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) maintains a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana . Data available from TAIR includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, gene expression, DNA and seed stocks, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community. Gene product function data is updated every week from the latest published research literature and community data submissions. TAIR also provides extensive linkouts from our data pages to other Arabidopsis resources. 

The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center at The Ohio State University collects, reproduces, preserves and distributes seed and DNA resources of Arabidopsis thaliana and related species.” (source)
TAIR has several analysis and visualization tools to help you understand the data that is being presented.  Some of these tools include:

·         GBrowse - A popular and versatile genome browser now available at TAIR. Search or browse a map of the Arabidopsis genome (including genes, cDNAs and ESTs, insertion mutants, SNPs, markers and BACs) or upload your own annotation track.
·         MapViewer - TAIR's map comparison tool designed for viewing and comparing genetic, physical and sequence maps.
·         BLAST - Use your nucleotide or peptide sequence to search against all public Arabidopsis sequences, several subsets of them, or all higher plant sequences from GenBank.
·         Motif Analysis - AFGC's Motif Finder gets a facelift and updated genome annotation dataset. This tool allows you to find overrepresented 6-mer oligos in upstream regions of genes.

These are just a few tools that TAIR provides.  You can review more Tools at the TAIR website.

If you are focusing research on the Arabidopsis thaliana, please visit TAIR to continue this research.