Carl Eberhard1, Jeremy Goecks1, The Galaxy Team1,2, Anton Nekrutenko2, and James Taylor1
1 Emory University
2 Penn State University
Visualization plays an integral role in scientific investigation. Visualization is useful for viewing large amounts of data simultaneously, observing patterns and outliers amongst data, and communicating findings to others. To make visualization easier and more powerful in Galaxy, we have create a framework for integrating Web-based visualizations into Galaxy. Just as tools can be easily added to Galaxy, visualizations can now be added as well. Visualizations can be easily accessed via an icon in the history panel’s stored datasets. Galaxy visualizations have many advantages: (i) they can be made highly interactive and customizable; (ii) they require no software or data downloads, and (iii) they can be saved, shared via URL, and included in Galaxy Pages—and shared/included visualization are fully interactive.