June 2019: Windows GUI client, Upgrades, and stats!

It's been a while since we had a news and GIN status update. Rest assured, we have all been busy working to bring you the best service we can. Here are some important new and upcoming features.

Windows GUI client

We are very proud to announce the initial release of WinGIN, a graphical user interface for managing GIN repositories and data on Windows. You can find download and installation instructions on the WinGIN page.

WinGIN was developed by Fabian Woltermann and Jiří Vaněk and we're very happy to share the product of their efforts with you. Of course the journey doesn't end here. New features and improvements will continue to come as we add new capabilities to our services and consider new ways to help you all manage your research data.

Upgrades (and downtime)

We've been preparing some updates to the GIN services that will improve the user experience for everyone. These include both software and hardware (and storage!) upgrades. For the roll-out we will need to briefly interrupt the service availability. This will occur on Monday, 24 June, 2019 at 15:00 CEST (13:00 UTC) and should not last more than a few hours. We expect all services to be back up and running by 18:00 CEST (16:00 UTC) on the same day.

Main service downtime:

  • Monday, 24 June, 2019 13:00 UTC (15:00 CEST) until 16:00 UTC (18:00 CEST)
  • Access to DOI registrations will not be affected

If this schedule severely impacts your work, please contact us at gin@g-node.org

Usage stats

We're happy to share usage statistics for GIN and we intend to keep you up-to-date with more frequent and detailed updates about the state of GIN going forward. Some general stats to kick off the tradition are listed below:

  • Total users: 395
  • Repositories: 547 (222 public)
  • Data size (all repositories): 5.4 TiB
  • DOI registrations: 59
  • Total published data size (DOI registrations): 455 GiB

NWG 2019, Goettingen

An upcoming face to face with the G-Node, presenting new GIN features and other exciting G-Node projects at this years NWG, Goettingen Meeting of the German Neuroscience Society, March 20-23 2019.

More details about upcoming G-Node events at the conference can be found here once they are available.

SfN 2018, San Diego

The G-Node will be at this years SfN Conference, Nov 03 - Nov 07, in San Diego!

Find us throughout the conference at the Bernstein Booth for thrilling GIN demos and exciting discussions how GIN can help you managing your scientific data!

You can find us at the booths of the INCF and the Bernstein Network:

Booth 4417 (INCF)

  • Tuesday, November 06, 15:00-17:00

Booth 4325 (Neuroscience in Germany)

  • Sunday, November 04, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00
  • Monday, November 05, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00
  • Wednesday, November 07, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00

You can also casually walk by our Poster

"Achieving reproducible data workflows: Lightweight tools for safe and efficient data management" 527.07 / Board MMM24
Tuesday, November 06, 08:00-12:00

See you in San Diego!

Bernstein Conference 2018

You can still find the G-Node tech team for demos and any questions you might have for us at the Bernstein Conference 2018 in beautiful Berlin! You can visit us at any time at the Booth of the Bernstein Network.

  • Wednesday, 26.09, 09:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday, 27.09, 09:00 - 18:00
  • Friday, 28.09, 09:00 - 13:00

Looking forward to help you get GIN!

FENS 2018

FENS Forum 2018

Find G-Node tech demos@FENSForum 2018 both at the booths of the INCF and the Bernstein Network. See detailed schedule below:

Booth 15 (INCF)

  • Monday, July 9, 14:00-15:30
  • Tuesday, July 10, 09:30-11:00

Booth 36 (Bernstein Network)

  • Sunday, July 8, 14:00-16:00
  • Monday, July 9, 11:00-13:00
  • Tuesday, July 10, 14:00-16:00
  • Wednesday, July 11, 11:00-13:00

Looking forward to meeting you in Berlin!

Early 2018

What we learned at FOSDEM 2018
We have been a bit lazy with respect to the news section recently, however not with respect to GIN in general and there is quite some progress to report.

First, we have released GUI editing alongside text editing for JSON and YAML files on the GIN Web interface.

Secondly, we have added the ability to add DOI files (i.e. datacite.yml) directly to repositories, without copy and paste. This nicely integrates with the GUI YAML editing as our DOI files are YAML files! We hope this does make the process of registering a doi more straightforward.

Thirdly we have added term suggestion to the data search. Give it a try by typing something with at least three letters!

We have also added a cookie warning (which ironically sets an additional cookie btw.)! Be warned!

Finally, we are very happy to announce that that after Nature, now also PLOS has included GIN in their list of recommended repositories. Another major step forward for us!

With that, we hope you had a great start in 2018 and wish you, belatedly, all the best for it (and of course many papers for which you host the data on GIN)!!


While December is a short month, nevertheless we have quite some progress to report.

GIN now has an inbuilt JSON viewer/editor based on the amazing JSON Editor Online from Jos the Jong. Just click on a .json file and you'll see it coming :-).

But what if we had not provided a link to a JSON file above? How could you have found one? That's where the real news is.

We are happy to announce that we have finally launched the GIN Data Search Facilities, which enable you, among other things, to search for files matching some criterion. For example, you could have searched for all JSON files with a query search and the query: "Path:*.json". But that's just the beginning. Basically, you can search for everything now, including the content of files. Try it out with a search for Spike Sorting or Electric Fish. The data search can be found under the explore tab and is equipped with the ability for wildcard and fuzzy searching. Complex search queries are also supported out of the Box!

The technology behind the search we call gindex. Gindex is based on modern search technologies like elasticsearch and it basically analyses repositories for content types it knows (Text, XML, PDF, JSON, odML, NEV to name a few ). From there, it builds a representation that is good for (full-text) searching. You can find more details and documentation here.

As a special Christmas gift, we have also added a Commit search which might make your data organization a bit more flexible :-).

With that, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the proverbial happy New Year!!

November 2017

Busy autumn for GIN!

Many things are moving forward for GIN this month and there is more news coming soon, but let's move to today's topic.

GIN @SFN2017
Of course, we have been present at the SFN meeting and presented our service (see our poster ). We are grateful to the "Neuroscience in Germany" for hosting us and our presentation!

Specifically for this event, we introduced our brand new ARM docker image! We did not want to bring a big server machine to the conference (well you know they are not exactly hand luggage) and therefore, we looked for a somewhat smaller and more mobile solution! Guess what? GIN performs nicely on a Raspberry Pi which, besides being a little bit of a toy deployment for us, is actually nicely illustrating GINs low resource footprint!

There have also been a lot of changes on the server side and quite a bit of our day to day housekeeping has been streamlined. We have moved our weblogs analysis from Webalizer to live-logging with GoAccess. We also migrated our monitoring (well we duplicated it, at least for the time being...) from Nagios to a combination of telegraf, influxDB and Grafana. So at "mission control", which is where we keep an eye (and a notification service) on the GIN-Server metrics, everything is new and shiny!

Finally, Louis has joined the GIN team and will soon help us improving our service with new tutorials and better usage instructions. Welcome to the team!

October 2017

October has been a busy month for GIN and there have been a number of updates:

First, long-awaited features have been finalized and added to the gin command line client. Foremost of these is that an automated criterion for files to be git-annexed has been introduced, dependent on their size (the default threshold is at 10MB), smaller files are added to git directly. This enhances diffing, patching, direct downloads etc. Also, a lot of smaller things have been added. As always the newest version can be found here

GIN-Web has been updated with small help messages. Also, we have changed the name of the DOI request file to datacite.yml to increase transparency. We took this opportunity to redesign the DOI UI a bit. For modern browsers code highlighting has been moved to web workers and finally, a lot of tutorial text and imagery has been added.

This brings us to the next point. Kateryna has joined the GIN team and will be working on Tutorials, user instructions, community building, and UI improvements. Welcome to the team!

Finally, we are excited to announce that G-Node is now listed as a recommended data store on the Scientific Data repositories list and on Springer Nature. We hope this will further our mission - to bring easier data sharing and reproducibility to scientist from neuroscience, and the general scientific community!

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