Web Apollo


The first instantaneous, collaborative genomic annotation editor available on the Web.

Web Apollo is designed to support geographically dispersed researchers, and the work of a distributed community is coordinated through automatic synchronization: all edits in one client are instantly pushed to all other clients, allowing users to see annotation updates from collaborators in real-time during the editing process.

There are no installation requirements for Annotators!

Web Apollo is a plug-in for JBrowse, adding User-created Annotations and DNA tracks to the familiar main window.

Try Web Apollo at our Public Demo, built with the genome of the honey bee (Apis mellifera).

Apollo On The Web

Web Apollo


Highlighted features.

  • In addition to genes and pseudogenes, users can annotate ncRNAs (snRNA, snoRNA, tRNA, rRNA), miRNAs, repeat regions, and transposable elements; each annotation type has its own configuration of the ' Information Editor'.
  • Adding and updating PubMed IDs will prompt users with a publication title to confirm their submission.
  • Gene Ontology (GO) terms are supported and GO ID auto-completion has been incorporated.
  • History tracking with undo/redo functions is available.
  • Users may set the start of translation for a transcript, or let the server determine automatically, and they may also mark the presence of 'readthrough stop' signals.
  • Users are able to directly set an annotation to a specific state, choosing from the 'History' display.
  • Users may access a 'History page' of recent changes.
  • Help page with Web Apollo specific content is available.
  • We have added a Drupal authentication module to share authentication with an existing Drupal DB.