[3dem] Introducing the PDBe Wizard - finding "stuff" on the PDBe website

Gerard DVD Kleywegt gerard at xray.bmc.uu.se
Thu Aug 5 08:51:51 PDT 2010

As part of the recent Midsummer Make-over of the Protein Data Bank in Europe 
website (PDBe; http://pdbe.org/), we introduced a new Wizard tool. The purpose 
of the Wizard is to help novice users find "stuff" on the site, be it one or 
more PDB or EMDB entries or information about PDBe tools, resources, tutorials, 
roadshows, formats, services, etc. In addition, it provides hints about quicker 
ways of finding the same information in the future.

The Wizard first tries to figure out what you are looking for and what 
information you already have. Based on that, it will either provide you with a 
box to enter some input (e.g., a PDB code, author name or UniProt ID) and start 
a search for you, or it will give you a link to a resource or service or a page 
with more information.

Once you get to the stage where input is required, there will often be two 
helpful buttons. One, labelled "Shortcut", will provide you with hints on how 
you could do your search much quicker the next time you use the site. The 
other, labelled "What results will I get?", does what its name suggests. There 
is also a button labelled "Feedback" on most pages - please use it to provide 
us with comments and suggestions.

You can access the Wizard by surfing to http://pdbe.org/wizard (or by surfing 
to the PDBe homepage at pdbe.org and clicking on the tab marked "Wizard").

As always, we welcome comments and suggestions on new features (preferably 
using the big, fat "FEEDBACK" button on the PDBe web pages).


Gerard J. Kleywegt, PDBe, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
gerard at ebi.ac.uk ..................... pdbe.org
Secretary: Pauline Haslam  pdbe_admin at ebi.ac.uk

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