mORCA: sailing bioinformatics world with mobile devices

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Nearly 10 years have passed since the first mobile apps appeared. Given the fact that bioinformatics is a web-based world and that mobile devices are endowed with web-browsers, it seemed natural that bioinformatics would transit from personal computers to mobile devices but nothing could be further from the truth. The transition demands new paradigms, designs and novel implementations.


Throughout an in-depth analysis of requirements of existing bioinformatics applications we designed and deployed an easy-to-use web-based lightweight mobile client. Such client is able to browse, select, compose automatically interface parameters, invoke services and monitor the execution of Web Services using the service's metadata stored in catalogs or repositories.

Availability and implementation

mORCA is available at as a web-app. It is also available in the App store by Apple and Play Store by Google. The software will be available for at least 2 years.


Supplementary information

Source code, final web-app, training material and documentation is available at

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