SVGMap: configurable image browser for experimental data

Bioinformatics. 2012 Jan 1;28(1):119-20. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btr581. Epub 2011 Oct 27.


Summary: Spatial data visualization is very useful to represent biological data and quickly interpret the results. For instance, to show the expression pattern of a gene in different tissues of a fly, an intuitive approach is to draw the fly with the corresponding tissues and color the expression of the gene in each of them. However, the creation of these visual representations may be a burdensome task. Here we present SVGMap, a java application that automatizes the generation of high-quality graphics for singular data items (e.g. genes) and biological conditions. SVGMap contains a browser that allows the user to navigate the different images created and can be used as a web-based results publishing tool.

Availability: SVGMap is freely available as precompiled java package as well as source code at It requires Java 6 and any recent web browser with JavaScript enabled. The software can be run on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows systems.


Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / genetics
  • Color
  • Computer Graphics*
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Programming Languages
  • Software*
  • User-Computer Interface