Terminology and Features (for IRD/ViPR Users)

BV-BRC integrates key IRD and ViPR viral data and tools with bacterial data and tools from PATRIC. The BV-BRC system is built on the PATRIC system infrastructure (database, services, and website). As a result, the interfaces for accessing and using data and tools differ substantially from IRD and ViPR. To aid researchers in making this transition, the table below provides a mapping of IRD and ViPR features to the corresponding BV-BRC features. Links to relevant BV-BRC help documentation are provided as well.

Additional details are presented below.

Viral Data

As in ViPR, viral data in BV-BRC are organized by families, with additional links to subsets of featured viruses including Influenza A (focus of IRD), Dengue, Ebolavirus, Enterovirus, Hepatitis C, Lassa mammarenavirus, SARS-CoV-2, Zika, and bacteriophages.

In ViPR, users can directly access viral data by family by clicking the appropriate link in the middle of the ViPR Homepage homepage, as shown below. (The IRD homepage is already scoped to Influenza.)

ViPR Homepage: ViPR homepage

Similarly, BV-BRC provides a landing page with access to viral data at the same levels. It can be reached by clicking the VIRUSES button on the BV-BRC homepage, as shown below:

BV-BRC Homepage: BV-BRC homepage virus navigation

This will display the BV-BRC Viruses landing page (below):

BV-BRC Viruses Landing Page: BV-BRC Viruses Landing Page

Clicking on one of these links (e.g., “Coronaviridae” in the figure below) will display the corresponding viral data in BV-BRC, scoped to that viral family or subset, shown in the second figure below.

Coronaviridae family link

Alternatively, the same set of viral families and featured viral groups can be accessed directly from the ORGANISMS top menu (below).

BV-BRC Organisms Menu BV-BRC Organisms Menu

The ORGANISMS menu provides links to viral families and featured viruses, as well as bacteria genera, archaea, and eukaryotic hosts.

Organisms Menu, Viruses

Once the desired virus family or subset is selected, the corresponding Taxon landing page will be displayed. The Data Tabs (Overview, Taxonomy, Genomes, Proteins, Protein Structures, Domains and Motifs, Epitopes, etc.) on this page will be similarly scoped to the selected Taxon as well.

Coronaviridae page

Clicking on the Data Tabs (e.g., “Genomes”) will display a list of all of the data and associated metadata of that type in BV-BRC for the selected Taxon. Keyword Search, Advanced Search, and Filter tools are available to refine the list. Also, the metadata columns can be resized, rearranged, added, removed, and sorted.

Coronaviridae Genomes tab

Detailed instructions for using the Taxon-level data pages is available from the BV-BRC Organisms Quick Reference Guide.


Similar to IRD and ViPR, BV-BRC provides searches to facilitate rapide direct access to viral data of interest. Two types of searches are provided: Global Search and Advanced Searches.

Advanced Searches

The BV-BRC Advanced Searches provide fine-grained searches based on data type and metadata values, similar to the IRD/ViPR Search Tools (available from the IRD/ViPR Search Tools page, below). Some searches have been deprecated based on limited usage and available data.

IRD/ViPR Search Tools IRD/ViPR Search Tools

The BV-BRC Advanced Searches are available from the SEARCHES top menu, as shown below.

BV-BRC Advanced Searches BV-BRC Searches Menu

Advanced Searches are available for each of the major data types in BV-BRC.

Advanced Searches

Clicking on one of the Advanced Searches (e.g., “Strains”) opens a search form with drop down box options for primary metadata values and other special criteria.

Strain Advanced Search

Detailed instructions for using the Advanced Searches are available from the BV-BRC Advanced Searches Quick Reference Guide.

The table below provides a mapping of the IRD/ViPR Search Tools to corresponding BV-BRC Advanced Searches.

Mapping of IRD/ViPR Search Tools to BV-BRC Advanced Searches

IRD/ViPR BV-BRC Documentation
Quick Search (upper right) Global Search (top right) Quick Reference
Nucleotide Search (IRD)
Genome Search (ViPR)
Genome Search
Animal Surveillance Search (IRD)
Human Surveillance Records (IRD)
Surveillance Search
3-D Protein Structure Search Protein Structure Search
Serology Experiment Search (IRD) Serology Search
Host Factor Experiments
Immune Epitope Search Epitope Search
Protein Domains Search Domain and Motif Search

Analysis Tools

Similar to IRD and ViPR, BV-BRC provides tools and visualizations to enable researchers to perform in-depth analyses and exploration of their own data and in combination with BV-BRC data. BV-BRC integrates the most used analysis tools In IRD/ViPR (available from the IRD/ViPR Analysis Tools page, below).

IRD/ViPR Analysis Tools IRD/ViPR Analysis Tools

In BV-BRC, analysis tools are available from the TOOLS & SERVICES top menu, as shown below. A list of all tools with descriptions is available from the BV-BRC Tools & Services page

BV-BRC Tools & Services BV-BRC Tools & Services Menu

In the BV-BRC TOOLS & SERVICES menu, viral analysis tools are shown alongside bacterial analysis tools. Where practical, the two have been merged into one tool, with appropriate settings and logic to perform the correct type of computation based on the the organism type (e.g., Genome Annotation). The figure below highlights tools that have been added or updated to support viral data.

Tools & Services

Clicking on one of the tools (e.g., “Annotation”) opens an input form that allows users to upload their own data, set parameters, and specify a location in the Workspace to save the results. Links to Quick Reference Guides and Tutorials are available on every input form. Quick Reference Guides provide short descriptions of each feature of the tool. Tutorials provide detailed, step-by-step instructions for using the tool.

BV-BRC Genome Annotation Service

Most analysis tools in BV-BRC are implemented as computational “services” that use high-performance computing (HPC) resources to perform the analysis on the backend. When an analysis tool is started, it creates a “job” that runs on the HPC resources. The job processing status (Queued, Running, Complete, Failed) and results are listed on the user’s Job Status page, which is displayed by clicking the small Jobs status monitor on the bottom right of each page.

Job Status Page

The Tools & Services Quick Reference Guide provides an overview available tools. The table below provides a mapping of the IRD/ViPR Search Tools to corresponding BV-BRC Advanced Searches.

IRD/ViPR BV-BRC Documentation
Identify Similar Sequences (BLAST)
Identify Short Peptides in Proteins
BLAST (Homology) Quick Reference
Generate Phylogenetic Tree Phylogenetic Tree (Gene Tree) Quick Reference
Align Sequences (MSA)
Analyze Sequence Variation
Visualize Aligned Sequences
MSA and SNP Analysis Quick Reference
Genome Annotation (VIGOR4) Genome Annotation Quick Reference
Metadata-driven Comparative Analysis Tool (Meta-CATS) Metadata-driven Comparative Analysis Tool (Meta-CATS) Quick Reference
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Primer Design Primer Design Quick Reference
Influenza H5, H3, H1 clade, rotavirus genotype, and flavivirus serotype classification Subspecies Classification Coming soon.


Similar to the IRD/ViPR Workbench (shown below), BV-BRC provides a private Workspace, where users can upload their own data, perform analyses with BV-BRC Tools, compare their data with other data in BV-BRC, and share their data via shared and public workspaces.

IRD/ViPR Workbench IRD Workbench

As with the IRD/ViPR Workbench, users will need to sign in (top right of page) to access their BV-BRC Workspace. IRD/ViPR users can use the same login ID and password as they do for IRD/ViPR. At present, we do not have the capability to transfer over data from IRD/ViPR Workbenches to the BV-BRC Workspace.

BV-BRC Workspace Login BV-BRC Sign In and Registration

Once signed in, users can access their private and shared workspaces from the WORKSPACES top menu.

Note that, as of November 1, 2022, all IRD/ViPR workbench data and files were copied into the user’s corresponding workspace in BV-BRC. The data are organized into three folders: Working Sets, Uploaded Files, and Analysis Results. You can access this workspace with the same login credentials that you have for IRD/ViPR. There will be a README.txt file in the workspace that provides additional details.

BV-BRC Workspaces Top Menu

BV-BRC Workspaces Menu

Clicking on the “Home” workspace opens the user’s private workspace at the top level. The Workspace contains folders to facilitate organization of files. Users can upload files and create new folders. Move, copy, delete, and other controls are also available.

BV-BRC Workspace

Also, users can create Groups of genomes, features (genes), and other data types, similar to IRD/ViPR “Working Sets.”

BV-BRC Workspace

Detailed information on using the BV-BRC Workspace can be found in the Workspace, Private Data, Groups, Jobs Quick Reference Guides.