The Generic Genome Browser (GBrowse) is one of the most widely used visualization tools for sequence display characterized by a rich set of utilities helpful in presenting a variety of genome features pertaining to a reference sequence. Despite the tool being meant for easy use by the biologists, the administration of GBrowse can become tedious, particularly for those without adequate computational resources. Moreover, there is no exhaustive, accurate, "GBrowse user's perspective" based reference available for the various glyphs useful in building the feature tracks on GBrowse, thus adding to the complexities involved in configuration.
WebGBrowse guides the users through the process of configuring the GFF3 datasets for GBrowse display. It presents the user with a "Glyph Library" comprising of around 40 different glyphs to choose from. It generates the configuration data by collecting the user's input through an organized, step-by-step process guided by the configurable parameter information available in the glyph library. A summary information on all the available glyphs can be viewed at the glyph library page. A pre-installed GBrowse instance allows the users to preview/load their datasets with desired configuration in GBrowse without requiring them to prepare any computer hardware, install any software or learn sophisticated GBrowse configuration rules for feature display.
In other words, WebGBrowse addresses most of the intricacies involved in GBrowse administration, so that even a computer non-savvy biologist can configure his GFF dataset without worrying about GBrowse software installation or GBrowse configuration semantics.
- Download WebGBrowse: http://webgbrowse.cgb.indiana.edu/webgbrowse/software.html
- Latest release from CGB or latest development version from SourceForge.
Information on WebGBrowse is available in several places:
- User Tutorial - this is an extensive user guide for WebGBrowse
- GBrowse Glyph Library - shows what all those GBrowse glyphs look like.
- FAQ - Frequently asked questions for WebGBrowse.
Publications, Tutorials, and Presentations
Publications on or mentioning WebGBrowse
- WebGBrowse Tutorial
- An extensive user guide and tutorial
Contacts and Mailing Lists
|Mailing List Link||Description||Archive(s)|
|WebGBrowse||gmod-webgbrowse||Questions, announcements, and development postings about the WebGBrowse front end to GBrowse configuration.||Nabble, Sourceforge|
Development teamIndiana University's Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics.
More on WebGBrowse
Raw tool data at WebGBrowse/tool data