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Visit the Virtual Laboratory

Enter the Virtual Laboratory through the ViroLab Portal to have a full experience tour!
ViroLab Portal

Portal Introduction

The main goal of the ViroLab Portal creation was to equip non-technical users with convenient and useful tool for running experiments and using applications. Most important tasks were connected with identifying (authenticating) users, granting them authorisation or revoking them rights to run the experiments, and providing a means for monitoring running experiments and downloading results to local users' machines.

Due to the fact that experiment users, notably virologists and epidemiologists, are the user target group for the ViroLab Portal, it is especially suited for non-technical users. It serves as a single point of access to several applications. In other words, the Portal is the main entry to all functionalities provided by the ViroLab Virtual Laboratory (VL). It allows easy and convenient way of performing such scientific tasks as retrieving virus genotypic information from remote databases or finding out the resistance of the virus based on HIV nucleotide.

Portal implementation for ViroLab is based on a popular open-source portlet-based web portal framework - GridSphere and following features have been provided to end users:
a) Distributed security;
b) Support for multiple user institutions;
c) Single Sign-on (SSO);
d) Support for Flash and AJAX portlets;
e) Support for multiple operating systems and web browsers.

Application portlets

At the moment there are eight application portlets deployed to the portal: Drug Ranking System, Database Browser, BAC, Literature Mining, QUaTRO, EMI. To learn how to use each application please read corresponding User Manual listed below.

Drug Ranking System The Drug Ranking System is an application that makes use of medical knowledge and data for relating genotype to drug-susceptibility phenotype in order to support clinical virologists in choosing the most efficient drug sets for the given patient.  
Database Browser The Database Browser provides interfaces for querying, updating, transforming and delivering data to various distributed data resources User Manual
BAC BAC is an application for setup, simulation and analysis for a single mutant and plotting the calculated binding affinity values  
Literature Mining Literature Mining is an application for discovering and deriving of information relevant to given mutations and drugs from text data  
QUaTRO QUery TRanslation tOols (QUaTRO), is a set of tools which allow to construct complex queries over both data and provenance repositories, expressed in the terms of the domain familiar to end users of the ViroLab VL (scientists, clinicians). User Manual
EMI Experiment Management Interface: Browsing remote experiment repositories;Managing experiment execution queue;Submitting feedback to experiment developers;Managing experiment results User Manual

Experience Tour

To have an experience tour through the ViroLab Portal, please follow the link https://portal.virolab.org, and choose your home organization named Guest in the Shibboleth Login field. If the authentication window pops up, use the login data as follows:

User Name: Guest(at)virolab.org Password: ShlupWuorg6

This test account enables inexperienced users to immediately execute some of the developed applications. Due to the high confidentiality of medical data shared and used within ViroLab, the guest users are only authorized to access some kind of dummy data sets and not any confidential data set from one of the consortium partners.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact us.