Web Apollo is the first instantaneous, collaborative genomic annotation editor available on the Web.
Our browser-based genome annotation editor is designed to support geographically dispersed researchers. The work of the a distributed community effort is coordinated through automatic synchronization in real-time during the editing process.
The Web Apollo public Demo uses the bovine cattle (Bos taurus) genome, and can be accessed here.
How does it work?
- No installation required for annotators.
- A plug-in for JBrowse, Web Apollo offers a User-created Annotations track.
- Real Time annotation updates: edits in one client are instantly pushed to all other clients.
- Uses dynamic (lazy) data loading.
- Two-stage curation process: edit within a temporary workspace, then publish to a curated database.
- Customizable appearance and user rules.e.g. read, edit, review, complete, export.
- History tracking, including browsing of an annotation's edit history and full undo/redo functions.
- Ability to set start of translation for a transcript, or let server determine automatically.
- Flagging of non-canonical splice sites in curated annotations.
- Annotation of 'readthrough stop' signals.
- Edge matching across annotations and evidence tracks.
- Option to color transcript CDS by reading frame.
- Ability to add metadata either from pre-defined sets of comments or as freeform text.
- Ability to add database crossreferences (DBXRefs; e.g. GO functional annotation, PubMed ID).
- Loading of data directly from GFF3, BigWig, and BAM files, both remotely and from user's local machine.
- Configurable heat map and coverage plots rendering of BigWig data.
- Per-session track configuration to set annotation colors, height, and other properties.
- Option to export annotation tracks as GFF3 and other formats.
- Search by sequence residues using server-side interface to BLAT or other sequence search programs.
Download all components of Web Apollo: client, annoation editing engine, and data service.
Access the installation and user guides, as well as instructions on Apollo Web API and the Web Apollo Tutorial at the GMOD Summer School.