The xGDB project provides scientists with an online portal for the
integration of diverse sources of genomic data.
Portals allow researchers to effectively target a specific scientific question by customizing their interactions with available data. For instance, scientist interested in the location and structure of genes often need to verify the supporting evidence for said structure and location. This can be done by visually comparing the alignment of laboratory generated sequences known as ESTs (and their assembled cousin cDNA). Such comparison requires a system for integrating these types of data.
Projects such as the gmod project (hosted at sourceforge) allow for such comparisons on a general scale, yet are mostly intended for community wide database systems. The xGDB system provides a more personal lab or group centered environment which can be tailored by individual users to their specific needs.
The xGDB system provides this infrastructure using standard Perl and PHP CGI scripting, integration with an Apache (or other appropriate) web server and access to federated databases (remotely maintained or locally established).
Showcase xGDB instances can be browsed by following the links on the left.