REDESIGNING THE USER INTERFACE OF THE OPENMSI WEBSITE
Ashley Cato1, Benjamin Bowen2, Oliver Ruebel2.
1University of California, Merced, Merced, CA, 2Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, Berkeley, CA.
Scientists are collaborating and sharing large amounts of data more than ever before. Often, scientists in specialized fields create dedicated websites tailored to the needs of their community. An example is OpenMSI, a web-based tool for visualization, analysis, and management of mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) data. With such sites, growth and adoption by increasing numbers of scientists mean that new ideas and usage patterns sprout, which in turn demands new capabilities for the site. Early adopters’ use of OpenMSI led to it now hosting over 5 terabytes of data, a deluge that has become difficult for users to navigate. To address this problem, we redesigned the interface of the site, introducing new functionality for sorting files, displaying files, and navigating the site. The code base we implemented will make it easier for others to administer, improve upon, and understand. The end result will be an updated website that promotes a better, more functional user experience.