Out of curiosity I would like to classify the databases in the 2011 NAR Database Issue by accessibility, specifically which ones offer:
- A complete download of the data
- A web service (REST or SOAP) which allows automated queries from robots
- A bookmarkable website that allows links (i.e. the GET protocol) to individual records without necessarily going through a search form
Database Complete Download? Web Service? Bookmarkable? If yes, provide example:
COMBREX No No Yes http://combrex.bu.edu/DAI?command=SciBay&fun=proteinCluster&pClusterID=419683
But I can't do this alone.
So if you are interested please visit one of the databases and report your findings (or corrections) here. I'll compile the responses into a spreadsheet and report.
Here is a Google Docs Spreadsheet if you wish to edit it directly (it's wide open): https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=tZQGRMg24BHKgO4vUjYT5TA&hl=en#gid=0
Per Andra's suggestion, I have decided to put this up on Amazon mturk: