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Persistence and Availability of Web Services in Computational Biology

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Target audience and the persons involved in development and maintenance of a Web service.

In our survey among 274 authors, we asked about their service's expected users. Multiple answers were possible. The most interesting result of the first question is that Web services are indeed intended for researchers without programming experience, only 36% of services are used solely by researchers with a programming background, as estimated by the respondents. The second question indicates that services are rarely funded by separate grants, and development is carried out by researchers with a temporary position, such as graduate students, post-docs, etc., in 58% of all cases. The third question reveals that by the time of this survey, about 24% of services will soon lack persons maintaining them. 13 respondents (5%) indicated that they are going to maintain the service even after moving to another institution.

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