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10 years of the Aspergillus Website (www.aspergillus.org.uk)

Abstract number: P2239

Atherton G., Bartholomew J., Giles P., Denning D.W.

Objectives: Information on Aspergillus and aspergillosis has been widely distributed and often difficult to access. The Aspergillus website launched in 1998 with the primary objective of providing an easily accessible encyclopaedic resource on all Aspergilli, their biology, genomics and diseases that they cause.

Methods: The evolution and expansion of the website over its first 10 years of operation were reviewed, including site statistics.

Results: The website was aimed at the professional reader and offered help and advice on medical and scientific issues relating to Aspergillus. Quality of information is paramount.

Content covered a range of topics including diagnosis and treatment for medical readers. As Aspergillus genomics grew, so the section expanded. Sections on veterinary and air quality were added. Historical articles and summaries were important additions. The library of articles has grown to provide 1232 pdf's. More recently sections providing educational materials (slides & video) and complete case histories have been added.

Content specifically for research scientists includes a research directory, laboratory protocols and genomics pages, species (n = 847 names) and secondary metabolite (n = 354) databases and numerous links. There is a catalogue with links to all mycology societies. Upcoming conferences are organised by date with links and we hold over 6000 full abstracts from many past conferences, and many downloadable full colour posters. More recently sections on secondary metabolites and species names have been added, expanded and integrated. A distinctive feature are the hundreds of images made available for non-profit and commercial use.

The Aspergillus website newsfeeds were initiated 18 months ago and currently provide 20,000 feeds per month.

On the 10th anniversary of the website, we have >35,000 registered members, a patient support group of >500 highly active members and we provide 3 million website pages a year. >25,000 distinct users access the website each month –~850 different people per day (Figure 1). 1800 websites link to the Aspergillus website.

Figure 1. Aspergillus Website Statistics 2003 – 2007

Conclusions: The Aspergillus website is a premier resource for those interested in aspergillosis and the Aspergilli.

Session Details

Date: 19/04/2008
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
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Location: Barcelona, Spain
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