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Octopus Explorer: Visualizing GEO-based ChIP-seq data on mobile devices enables their exploration

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — Poster Session IV

10:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

FAES Academic Center



* FARE Award Winner


  • K Kang
  • L Hennighausen


Acquisition of high-throughput genomic data has never been easier and a wealth of data is continuously being deposited in public data repositories, such as the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO). However, there is a stark gap between the unrestricted access to an ever-increasing amount of nucleic acid-based data sets and the ability of common and boutique researchers without computational expertise to exploit this treasure for their own research. Easy exploration of these data is not possible since deposited data files are either insufficiently processed or differently processed, thus not permitting their convenient analysis through standard web browsers, such as the UCSC browser. Providing tools that permit easy access to genomic data and their analysis is an essential step in building collective intelligence and efficiently use genomic resources. We have developed a system that centrally processes data files obtained from GEO and a “Google-style” interface was built to permit convenient data analysis from desktop computers and mobile devices. The “Octopus Explorer” ( provides unique opportunities to professional and recreational scientists to access publically available data and effectively contribute to the scientific discovery process.

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