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The ENCODE project has produced a massive amount of transcriptome data, made possible by the collaboration of a world wide consortium of laboratories. During the project it was critical to immediately know what data was being produced by which lab. The ENCODE RNA dashboard kept the researchers informed about new results, even before they were officially registered with the ENCODE Data Coordination Center (DCC). It was instrumental for management to have direct insight into the current state of the project at any given point in time. Collaborators could quickly proceed with their own analysis steps once the raw data and processed results were published on the dashboard by other groups. The dashboard was also enriched with direct links to additional summary statistics that had been published using the Grape RNA-Seq pipeline.
Now that the project has yielded its results, the ENCODE dashboard still remains the only central place collecting all the RNA data produced by the ENCODE project. The international research community can explore the wide range of experiments, and quickly find and download the exact data sets they need for their own data analysis. The dashboard is not only useful for web access, but command line users will enjoy the friendly batch processing capabilities.
There is a huge demand to provide the same kind of dashboard for additional ENCODE projects, and with the new version of our dashboard software package, the system can even be extrapolated to any other bioinformatics project having to deal with a lot of data. For example, the ENCODE Mouse (Mus musculus) dashboard is one of the upcoming dashboards, replicating the success of the ENCODE hg19 (Homo sapiens) dashboard.