Friday, May 24, 2013
ROCCIT: Nice new web-based search engine hosted by CalTech
The ROCCIT search engine isn't exactly new, just new to me. A poster was presented at ASMS in 2011. It's always nice to find a new tool that you didn't know about.
I don't know how the algorithm works, as it doesn't seem that it was ever published. What I do know is that it is very easy to use. You go to ROCCIT.caltech.edu, you choose your MGF file, pull down or insert your FASTA file, add your mods and go.
It takes you to a nice queue page that shows your total % progress and then gives you several pages of HTML files with your data. The protein report is nicely grouped (similar to how BioAnalyst used to group Mascot data back in the day) and the peptides are on separate tabs. The results can be downloaded as an XML file as well.
It isn't revolutionary, but it is easy and free and no harm has ever come of running your data on another search engine!