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The Galaxy team at Penn State has a slew of new screencasts at going through the latest release of Galaxy.

As I have mentioned in the past, the Galaxy team really understands the medium and are using it effectively (along with wiki’s etc) to showcast the application. You can grab the RSS feed for all galaxy related screencasts

This screencast shows you how to look for protein coding transcripts among non-gencode ESTs

A similar post was posted at bbgm

The session on Communicating Science with Video at the Scifoo Lives On section on Second Nature (SLURL) was loads of fun. There were three presentations. I kicked things off by talking about Bioscreencast, then Jean-Claude gave a talk about how he has leveraged YouTube for recording experiments, and finally someone from SciVee gave a talk on SciVee. Berci live blogged the whole session.

Presenting Bioscreencast in Second Life
Picture credit – Berci Mesko via a Creative Commons license

The session was rather well attended. Both Hari and I were able to attend. I hope we gave people an idea of what Bioscreencast is all about and what we are trying to do. It was really cool to have the SciVee folks presenting as well and to find out a little more about the SciVee backstory. There were some excellent questions as well. One of the people in the audience, a social scientist (I forget the avatar) suggested that we host flash animations as well. That’s a wonderful idea and it fits into our philosophy of allowing people to learn via the web. The barrier to creating flash animations is a lot higher, so we don’t expect too many, but looking forward to our first one. In general, I am looking forward to questions and screencasts from today’s attendees.

I also put up a modified (longer) version of today’s presentation on Slideshare.

As usual, silence from our end means that we are busy working on making an even better experience. So keep your eyes on this page, since we have a couple of really cool updates up our sleeves.

In the meantime you might want to check out some screencasts about MYourScience, UniProt and OWL

That was the question that arose after the announcement of SciVee. One only needs to see recent blog posts across the life science blogosphere to realize there there are a number of video-related life science sites that have arisen in a very short period of time. For convenience, I am going to stick to three, since they fill, at least in my mind, complementary roles in the life science video landscape. It also helps us figure out where Bioscreecast fits in the life scientists arsenal.JoVE to my mind is the most ambitious project. Being able to capture experiments (visual experiments) with high quality production is no easy task, but having met Moshe and Nikita recently, I think they can pull it off. The challenge is always going to be on the user end. If we are at the tipping point, people are going to become a lot more comfortable opening up their labs to a video camera. If nothing else, SciVee and JoVE suggest that video is a viable form of communicating formal science.Which brings us to Bioscreencast, and why I think there is a ton of scope here. Screencasts are easy to do, especially compared to other forms of video. In theory, all you need to do is turn on a video screencapture software app and do what you need to do, with the one caveat that recording a narrative at the same time is usually a good idea and probably the one thing that needs some thought prior to starting the screencast recording. We see ourselves as more of an informal user generated site, where the power comes from diverse content uploaded by people with different backgrounds. We all have something to share. Hopefully people will choose to share their software chops on Bioscreencast.Video is just hitting the tipping point in mainstream consumer usage, where more and more people are spending their time uploading material to YouTube, creating content and hosting it on Brightcove or, or like I do, In the world of science, there are a number of people, some listed here who have developed platforms that enable those who are interested to take advantage of the tangibility and immediacy of video. The future is now!!!

Over at bbgm, I have a post about SciVee, a new service from the NSF, PLoS and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The new service allows scientists to publish video podcasts in support of published work. This is big on many fronts; the organizations involved alone validate everything we’ve believed in here at Bioscreencast, and slowly, video for scientific content and online communication around scientific works, whether published or user generated in our case is going to continue to grow.

I am sure some of you are familiar with Galaxy,”an analysis medium that enables multiple tools to be applied to existing data in a simple unified way”. We like it for several reasons. It is a cool tool for genomic analysis, but most of all Anton Nekrutenko and colleagues get it. They understand the importance of wikis, blogs and screencasts in science and have embraced the medium. So it should come as no surprise that they understand what we are trying to do here at Bioscreencast. We now have a special category called “galaxy”, which you can track via RSS. There you will be able to find the latest screencasts on Galaxy.

Anton blogs about Bioscreencast at the Galaxy blog. As you can probably guess we are quite excited that they have chosen to serve their screencasts from our site. We have received positive feedback from some others as well. This is exciting stuff indeed.

First of all, thank you to everyone for all the feedback and suggestions. There are always a lot of things we can do to make Bioscreencast the perfect user experience, but we feel that some of the new features you might have already seen in the past day or so will make your time on the site a lot better.

So what do we have in store for you in this new beta release of

Internet Explorer is no longer the forbidden zone. should now run properly on both IE6 and 7. Please let us know if you find anything behaving in unexpected ways

Flash video format support is something we’ve discussed among ourselves for months, and finally we bit the bullet and now the screencasts are all flash. We have tried our best to keep the quality as high as possible, but this change should create a truly cross platform/cross browser experience for everyone. We also believe that the move away from H.264 will finally convince Apple to add Flash support on the iPhone.

A redesigned landing page will new icons, the most recent upload and a news feed (for now just this blog), should also make being visiting a better experience.

There are some additional usability related changes as well. For example, you can now access the embed code and screencast URL without needing to play the screencast.

This is just the first in a series of updates you will keep seeing as grows and evolves. Adding support for Internet Explorer was at the top of the list and we all need to thank Suresh for doing such a marvelous job of turning this around as quickly as he did.

Last but certainly not the least. will only go where you, the users and producers will take it. So I encourage anyone who does computational life science to download Camstudio and start screencasting. If you want to learn how, just visit the wiki or check out one of the screencasting tutorials.

No, we haven’t gone on vacation or found solace in the Himalayas. We are continuing to work hard on addressing some of the main feedback we got when the site first went live. There should be exciting updates for everyone soon. In the meantime, your screencasts are always welcome. We would love to get some screencasts on subjects ranging from ligand docking to the visualization of complex cellular networks got picked as an Editor’s Pick at Yahoo Gallery, and was the featured pick for a while. As you might guess, that made us all very proud of our star developer.

It’s been a week since saw the light of day. We’ve seen some growing pains and we would like to thank you for your support, especially those who have tested out a few things for us.

Without a vibrant user community, it just becomes a site for us to upload our favorite videos. We are looking Please let us know what we can do to make your experience better

Talking about experiences, this weekend will also see some cool new features being rolled ou. We hope that they will make your experience at Bioscreencast a lot better. In the meantime don’t forget to check out the Wiki for tips and tricks.