List of currently available archives
- Ensembl GRCh37: Full Feb 2014 archive with BLAST, VEP and BioMart
- Ensembl 79: Mar 2015 - this site
- Ensembl 78: Dec 2014
- Ensembl 77: Oct 2014
- Ensembl 76: Aug 2014
- Ensembl 75: Feb 2014
- Ensembl 74: Dec 2013
- Ensembl 73: Sep 2013
- Ensembl 72: Jun 2013
- Ensembl 71: Apr 2013
- Ensembl 70: Jan 2013
- Ensembl 69: Oct 2012
- Ensembl 68: Jul 2012
- Ensembl 67: May 2012
- Ensembl 59: Aug 2010
- Ensembl 54: May 2009
About Archive Ensembl
The main Ensembl site www.ensembl.org is updated with the latest data on a monthly basis.
The Ensembl Archive sites have been set up so there is a stable link for three years to pages from a particular release (e.g. version 56 from September 2009) in Ensembl.
These links will be suitable for referring to Ensembl pages in publications.
A few older archives may be maintained if they include significant datasets for key species, but the availability of these sites cannot be guaranteed.
As from August 2014 we are providing a version of Ensembl supporting the GRCh37 human assembly. Unlike the usual Ensembl archive sites, this will be maintained and updated with new features with each release of Ensembl.
For all enquiries, please contact the Ensembl HelpDesk.
- Ensembl aims to maintain stable identifiers for genes (ENSG), transcripts (ENST), proteins (ENSP) and exons (ENSE) as long as possible. Changes within the genome sequence assembly or an updated genome annotation may dramatically change a gene model. In these cases, the old set of stable IDs is retired and a new one assigned. Gene and transcript pages both have an ID History view which maps changes in the ID from the earliest version in Ensembl.
- Protein family identifiers (fam), Ensembl EST gene identifiers (ENSESTG) and Genscan identifiers (GENSCAN) are currently not stable.
- DAS sources are not archived so any shown are current data.
- BLAST and BLAT are not currently available from the archive site.
Linking to the Archive Ensembl sites
The Archive Ensembl sites, (e.g. http://nov2008.archive.ensembl.org), have the format: http://<three-letter-month><year>.archive.ensembl.org
In the footer of each current Ensembl page, there is a link called 'Permanent link', which links to the corresponding page in the Ensembl Archive. A similar link on each archive page links back to the current site (i.e. www.ensembl.org). Note that in archives released prior to the site redesign in Version 51, these links are in the purple lefthand navigation bar.
Unfortunately, owing to the change in site organisation between releases 50 and 51, it is not always possible to map pages one-to-one between the current Ensembl site and the older archives. If the link does not take you to the data you expected, trying using the search facility to locate the information.
If you are looking at the Alternative Splicing view for human gene BRCA2 on the main Ensembl site in September 2008, when Ensembl 51 was the current version, the URL would be:
and the equivalent archived page URL would be: