Complex biomedical analyses require the use of multiple software tools in concert and remain challenging for much of the biomedical research community. We introduce GenomeSpace (http://www.genomespace.org), a cloud-based, cooperative community resource that currently supports the streamlined interaction of 20 bioinformatics tools and data resources. To facilitate integrative analysis by non-programmers, it offers a growing set of 'recipes', short workflows to guide investigators through high-utility analysis tasks.

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We thank other members of the GenomeSpace and GenePattern Teams for their contributions and input: P. Carr, B. Hill-Meyers, S.H. Lee and T. Tabor (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard); J. Zhang (Stanford University); and H. Carter and M. Smoot (University of California, San Diego). Special thanks to D. Haussler and J. Kent (University of California, Santa Cruz) for their involvement in the nascent stages of the GenomeSpace project. We thank J. Bistline for help with the citations and figures, and L. Gaffney for help with the figures. This work has been supported by US National Institutes of Health–National Human Genome Research Institute P01 HG005062 and U41 HG007517, with additional initial support from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

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    • Kun Qu
    • , Sara Garamszegi
    •  & Felix Wu

    These authors contributed equally to this work.


  1. Program in Epithelial Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA.

    • Kun Qu
    •  & Howard Y Chang
  2. The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Sara Garamszegi
    • , Felix Wu
    • , Helga Thorvaldsdottir
    • , Ted Liefeld
    • , Marco Ocana
    • , Nathalie Pochet
    • , James T Robinson
    • , Michael Reich
    • , Aviv Regev
    •  & Jill P Mesirov
  3. Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.

    • Ted Liefeld
    • , Marco Ocana
    • , James T Robinson
    • , Barry Demchak
    • , Tim Hull
    • , Trey Ideker
    • , Michael Reich
    •  & Jill P Mesirov
  4. Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Diego Borges-Rivera
    •  & Aviv Regev
  5. Program in Translational NeuroPsychiatric Genomics, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Nathalie Pochet
  6. Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

    • Gil Ben-Artzi
    •  & Eran Segal
  7. Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

    • Gil Ben-Artzi
  8. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA.

    • Daniel Blankenberg
    •  & Anton Nekrutenko
  9. UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute, University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, USA.

    • Galt P Barber
    • , Brian T Lee
    •  & Robert M Kuhn
  10. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Aviv Regev
  11. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.

    • Howard Y Chang


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M.R., A.R. and J.P.M. conceived of the GenomeSpace concept. T.L., M.O. and M.R. designed and implemented the GenomeSpace software. K.Q., S.G., F.W. and N.P. implemented the driving biological projects within GenomeSpace with supervision and input from A.R., H.Y.C. and J.P.M. The recipes were implemented by S.G., F.W. and D.B.-R. The GenomeSpace seed tools were added to the system by J.T.R., B.D., T.H., G.B.-A., D.B., G.P.B., B.T.L., R.M.K., A.N., E.S. and T.I., who also consulted on the GenomeSpace architecture. H.T., M.R., A.R., H.Y.C. and J.P.M. supervised the GenomeSpace project. K.Q., S.G., F.W., H.T., M.R., H.C., A.R. and J.P.M. wrote the manuscript. All authors reviewed and approved the final manuscript as submitted.

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