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Improving User Experience and Engagement for UCSC Xena

Project UCSC Xena
Funding Cycle 2

Proposal Summary

To improve the user experience of UCSC Xena and better engage users by implementing the redesign of two core features using UX principles, standardizing training materials, and publishing a blog highlighting research use cases.



UCSC Xena is a visual exploration resource for both public and private functional genomics data, with an emphasis on cancer genomics. UCSC Xena consists of two parts—the web-based Xena Browser and multiple turn-key Xena Hubs. This unique architecture allows researchers to view their own data securely using private Xena Hubs and simultaneously visualize large public cancer genomics datasets, including The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and the Genomic Data Commons (GDC).

Key Personnel

Jingchun Zhu
Brian Craft
Mary Goldman