The GESTALT Workbench

Large amounts of 'raw' genomic sequence data already exist and continue to grow exponentially. Many tools are available for automated analysis of these data by comparison to known sequences or by pattern recognition. One of the hardest problems is how to present the sequence data and its derived annotation in an intuitive way. We present here a workbench for analysis of large-scale genomic sequence data, with strong emphasis on the production of enriched graphical representation of the analysed data. The GESTALT Workbench can execute a variety of external analysis programmes (e.g. for gene recognition) as well as internal analyses (e.g. compositional complexity analysis); the resulting analysis output files are stored in an internal database. Integrating the analysis results, a Gestalt* is created for each sequence. Much biological insight can be obtained at a glance from these sequence pictorial representations, which prove to be a valuable aid in quick and intuitive sequence interpretation. The GESTALT Workbench is designed to pose minimal technical requirements on the user's end.