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WebGBrowse now a part of GMOD

WebGBrowse, a web interface for setting up GBrowse instances, is now a part of GMOD. WebGBrowse enables biologists and bioinformaticians to

  1. upload genome annotation information in GFF3 format,
  2. configure display of each genomic feature through simple mouse clicks on a web browser,
  3. visualize the configured genome with the integrated GBrowse software.

There is no manual editing of GBrowse configuration files with WebGBrowse. WebGBrowse relieves both the burden of installing GBrowse and the need to learn the configuration semantics. It is also a good way to learn the many GBrowse glyphs and how to configure them.

WebGBrowse is a good match for any organization that has users who want to create their own GBrowse instances, but lack enough computing resources and expertise to do so. WebGBrowse was developed at Indiana University's Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics.

WebGBrowse can be downloaded and installed locally, or you can use the WebGBrowse at CGB. The source is available at SourceForge. WebGBrowse comes with a tutorial, FAQ, and a user and support mailing list.

Ram Podicheti
Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

Posted to the GMOD News on 2010/12/10