Biostar: Building Scientific Communities
The site has been developed by scientists and for scientists. It aims to address the requirements and needs that scientific communities have. Biostar is used to run several science oriented Q&A sites:
- Biostars Bioinformatics Q&A at: https://www.biostars.org
- Galaxy User Support: https://biostar.usegalaxy.org
- Bioconductor User Support: https://support.bioconductor.org/
- Neuroinformatics Q&A: http://www.neurostars.org
The software is open source and free to use under the MIT License.
- Q&A: questions, answers, comments, user moderation, voting, reputation, badges, threaded discussions
- RSS Planet: feed aggregation from different sources
- External authentication: authenticate users with a different web service
- Email integration: import previous posts from mailing lists
- Low resource utilization and easy deployment.
The source for the documentation can be found in the docs folder.
From the biostar source directory:
# Install the requirements. pip install --upgrade -r conf/requirements/base.txt # Initialize database, import test data, index for searching and run the server. ./biostar.sh init import index run
http://www.lvh.me:8080 to see the site loaded with demo data.
www.lvh.me domain resolves to
127.0.0.1 your local host
with a proper domain name. You may just as well use
In the demo site the user emails are built from the database ids like so:
The demo user passwords are identical to the emails
and you may use these to log into your test site as any of the users.
The user with the email
email@example.com has staff level permissions and
can also access the admin interface at
Biostar versions and upgrade path: https://github.com/ialbert/biostar-central/issues/400
We may be able to provide support for organizations or institutions. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parnell LD, Lindenbaum P, Shameer K, Dall'Olio GM, Swan DC, et al. 2011 BioStar: An Online Question & Answer Resource for the Bioinformatics Community. PLoS Comput Biol 7(10): e1002216. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002216
List of contributors: https://github.com/ialbert/biostar-central/graphs/contributors