Submission 74

Submission 74

BioCode (http://bigd.big.ac.cn/biocode) is a centralized repository archiving bioinformatics tool codes for open source projects. It not only hosts a wide range of bioinformatics codes developed for different data analysis purposes but also collects a variety of metadata information for each tool, such as tool name, description, category, publication(s), citation count, contact information of tool owner, and organization. As of January 2018, BioCode houses a total of 6,978 bioinformatics tools that are integrated through automated literature mining from highly-profile journals in the field of bioinformatics (such as Bioinformatics, BMC Bioinformatics, Genome Biology and Nucleic Acids Research). In addition, BioCode allows any user to submit tools and thus can function as an archival hub for bioinformatics tool owners to host tool codes, software packages, associated documentation and other relevant metadata information. Thus, BioCode facilitates community efforts in archiving bioinformatics tools in a centralized manner, accordingly making all bioinformatics tools publicly accessible and searchable. Together, BioCode serves as an open content platform not only for tool owners to host, archive and release bioinformatics tools but also for tool users to effectively browse, search and download any tool of interest.