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Human Genome News Archive Edition

Human Genome News, September 1992; 4(3)

GDB Software Offers Quicker Display, Other Features

The Genome Data Base (GDB) offers front-end software that enables quicker screen displays, supports use of the mouse, and provides a local copy of the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database. The software is designed to run on a Sun workstation with an Internet connection to the GDB host machine. Recommended for use of this software are Sun OS 4.1.1 or 4.1.2, Sunview or Open Windows 3.0, at least 16 MB of ram, 100 MB of disk space, and a tape drive for Sun 150-MB or Exabyte 8-mm cartridge.

The front-end software includes two packages: (1) IRX software from the National Library of Medicine for accessing OMIM and (2) Sybase software libraries for accessing GDB. GDB can provide a free licensing agreement for the use of IRX software, and a Sybase license can be purchased through Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Sybase requires an individual license for each machine on which their Application Productivity Tool (APT) library and Open Client/C software are installed.

Users of GDB front-end software will pay an annual fee to cover initial distribution handling costs, software updates, and the Sybase license, if required. This front-end software must be updated for each new version of GDB released.

Prices as of August:

  • Institutions that already have the Sybase license pay $100 annually.
  • Institutions that wish to purchase the Sybase license through JHU must pay a first-year charge and then an annual charge thereafter, as follows: United States, $325, $150; Canada, $450, $150; and all others, $375, $150.

To order the front-end software, contact GDB User Support and indicate whether you have the appropriate Sybase license or wish to purchase it through JHU.


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