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Monday, July 20 • 13:00 - 13:45
P1-09: : BioViz Connect: Web application linking CyVerse cloud resources to genomic visualization in the Integrated Genome Browser 🍐

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➞ Abstract

This poster will be presented live at BCC West.

Advances in high throughput sequencing have increased the need for tools that aid in data storage,

analysis, annotation, and visualization. Many such tools are available, but their usability and

accessibility vary. To make essential tools more accessible, the bioinformatics community has

coalesced around the idea of using cloud-based platforms to provide access to computational power

and data storage resources. CyVerse is a multi-institution project focused on supporting life science

research by providing user-friendly access to national cyberinfrastructure resources, including HPC

clusters and storage infrastructure. As part of this effort, CyVerse developers built the Terrain

Application Programmer Interfaces (APIs), which offer programmatic access to these resources.

One important limitation of the CyVerse ecosystem, however, is that there is currently no easy way

for researchers to visualize genomic data sets stored in CyVerse accounts. This is problematic

because visualization is essential for all aspects of data analysis, from validating the output of

algorithms to detecting biologically meaningful patterns in data.

BioViz Connect solves this problem by connecting CyVerse resources to Integrated Genome

Browser, a full-featured, open source, visualization tool for genomics used by thousands of

researchers worldwide. BioViz Connect uses Terrain APIs to forward data from CyVerse into IGB.

The BioViz Connect interface (Figure 1) lets users annotate data files with key meta-data, notably

the version of reference genomes used in data analysis. Users can also run compute-intensive visual

analytics tasks and then display the results in IGB. To our knowledge, no other group has yet

experimented with using Terrain for application development outside of the CyVerse team.

avatar for Nowlan Freese

Nowlan Freese

Research Associate, UNC Charlotte

Monday July 20, 2020 13:00 - 13:45 EDT