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Ten simple rules for creating a scientific web application

December 9, 2021

The use of scientific web applications (SWApps) across biological and environmental sciences has grown exponentially over the past decade or so. Although quantitative evidence for such increased use in practice is scant, collectively, we have observed that these tools become more commonplace in teaching, outreach, and in science coproduction (e.g., as decision support tools). Despite the increased popularity of SWApps, researchers often receive little or no training in creating such tools. Although rolling out SWApps can be a relatively simple and quick process using modern, popular platforms like R shiny apps or Tableau dashboards, making them useful, usable, and sustainable is not. These 10 simple rules for creating a SWApp provide a foundation upon which researchers with little to no experience in web application design and development can consider, plan, and carry out SWApp projects.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Ten simple rules for creating a scientific web application
DOI 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009574
Authors Jessica Leigh Burnett, Renee Dale, Chung-Yi Hou, Gabriela Palomo-Muñoz, Kaitlin Stack-Whitney, Steven Aulenbach, R. Sky Bristol, Denis Valle, Tristan Wellman
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title PLOS Computational Biology
Index ID 70226873
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Science Analytics and Synthesis