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As part of our effort to provide simple yet functional interfaces we have put the user experience at the centre of our design. Recently, we have launched a new website documented by (Campbell et al. 2014) in brief, the interface is more visual, encapsulating a simpler content layout with an emphasis placed on displaying information that researchers want to access in information-oriented design. Many of these changes are inline with the presentation of information previously available from EUROCarbDB and GlycoSuiteDB databases and a choice of notation formats.

The protocols described in this knowledge base show how to use the suite of tools and navigation links in UniCarbKB to find information on individual glycan structures, attached glycoproteins (at the global and site-specific level) where known, and what metadata has been sourced for each curated publication. 

Step-by-step guide

The UniCarbKB homepage is the normal entry point for most users. To view this page, type: http://www.unicarbkb.org into your browser

  1. The navigation bar has drop down menus and links giving access to the data and functionality available on the UniCarbKB website.
  2. The main text section includes a description of UniCarbKB including database statistics, the participating expert research institutions and our funding sources.

As part of our continuing effort to provide robust querying/search tools a series of user-friendly interfaces and features are available, for example, we have (i) enhanced native selects by including a multi-select interface (ii) made greater use of modern frameworks and libraries to improve data loading and (iii) extended pagination for improved presentation and navigation of large datasets. 

The navigation bar, at the top of the page, provides links to the tools and resources of the UniCarbKB including ‘Query’, ‘References’, ‘Glycoproteins’, ‘GlycanBuilder’, ‘GlycoDigest’, ‘About’ and ‘Contact’. The ‘About’ is a description of the project as a whole and “Contact” provides details on how to get assistance with UniCarbKB, to ask questions or when troubleshooting a problem. 

Results - General Display

Results are displayed in a context dependent manner depending on your query. Some results will have descriptive text details, whereas others might link directly to core glycan structure or glycoprotein content. Your search terms will be highlighted and will appear in the title or descriptive text of each results page.

 

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This information is based on UniCarbKB July 2015 release; therefore, some of the web pages may have changed. Any modern Web browser such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer 10+ will work to display UniCarbKB web pages.