bioWeb3D: an online webGL 3D data visualisation tool
EMBL-EBI, European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute, CB10 1SD, Cambridge, UK
BMC Bioinformatics 2013, 14:185 doi:10.1186/1471-2105-14-185Published: 7 June 2013
Data visualization is critical for interpreting biological data. However, in practice it can prove to be a bottleneck for non trained researchers; this is especially true for three dimensional (3D) data representation. Whilst existing software can provide all necessary functionalities to represent and manipulate biological 3D datasets, very few are easily accessible (browser based), cross platform and accessible to non-expert users.
Using basic 3D representation techniques in a technologically innovative context, we provide a program that is not intended to compete with professional 3D representation software, but that instead enables a quick and intuitive representation of reasonably large 3D datasets.