Long time lurker, finally breaking the silence to get some feedback from the bioinformatics community. I'm a former post-doc who decided to leave the academic world to help my colleagues work more efficiently with their NGS data.
Introducing, Stirplate.io an automated data analysis tool built for biologists with no experience with bioinformatics. Stirplate allows those with no experience to run their analysis without touching a line of code. It's similar to DNAnexus and Galaxy, but we've tried to make the process even more simple and fast (RNAseq data in under 24 hours for most).
So far, we've built 1 full protocol into the system (differential analysis for RNAseq using DeSeq2) and we would love your feedback before moving forward. We would also love to hear what you, as a community, are interested in seeing in the future. We've all dealt with horrible software in the past, and we really want to make something that makes your job easier.
Why is this different from tools like Galaxy or DNAnexus? We've tried to make the process as frictionless as possible. For example, when you upload data, you can upload any kind of file, in any format (tar.gz, zip, bz2 etc), even if the fastq files are nested within the archive.
We also know that data visualization tends to be a issue for some biologists, so we built interactive graphs that allow you to manipulate data in real time, without having to go back into R and re-plot the data.
The only thing the researcher needs to know is which fastq files match up to their sample names and we take care of the rest (alignment, counting via HTseq, differential analysis, and interactive data visualization.) We also host data for 1 year after you run it, and can continue to host your data as long as you like at a small fee to cover our costs.
We are just getting started and would love your feedback, so we are offering 10 free samples for RNAseq analysis on our system. If you have any issues, you can reach out to me at email@example.com or post it here so we can discuss as a group.