There's a cliché in talks and presentations these days demonstrating the rapid (typically exponential, or super-exponential) growth of publicly available biological data of one nature or another (e.g., sequence data, yeast2hybrid, etc.). They're frequently juxtaposed against a plot of Moore's law. You know the type. You probably have even used or made such a plot if you're at this site.
It's not always obvious where to find these plots. Surprisingly (disappointingly, even), major clearing houses for biological data such as GenBank and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) don't provide plots of their growth in any obvious location, let alone their front pages (where it makes the most sense to display such positive trends). Let's compile a list of where to find these plots, including, but not limited to:
- Publications (decent)
- Open-access publications (good)
- Sites that provide up-to-date plots (better)
- Scripts or programs that generate plots on the fly (excellent)