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Finding a Network

Multiple options exist within the NVC portal for users to quickly locate networks of interest and begin the edge review process.
This tutorial outlines the four primary methods by which networks may be selected for verification.

Method #1: Full Network Search (Recommended for Beginner-Level Users)

Select 'Networks" tab from NVC header menu.

Method #1: Full Network Search (Recommended for Beginner-Level Users)

User may enter any text string to search within network name and description; search also encompasses the list of nodes (genes/proteins) found within a network. Search terms may range from broad biological concepts (e.g. macrophage) to specific molecular entities (e.g. IL-8).

Method #1: Full Network Search (Recommended for Beginner-Level Users)

Search results provide a list of network models containing user-defined search term (e.g., "autophagy"), along with the accompanying network description that summarizes the biological process(es) captured in that network. The search term is highlighted in the search results.

Method #1: Full Network Search (Recommended for Beginner-Level Users)

Select a network name to open within the Network Viewer Environment.

Method #2: Graphical Search

Also within the "Networks" tab, a thumbnail graphic visually represents all fifty networks in a structured format. Clicking on this image opens a larger view.

Method #2: Graphical Search

In this view, the networks are clustered and colored based on broad biological concepts (e.g. inflammation). Click on any node representing a network to open within the Network Viewer Environment.

Method #3: NVC Header Search

The search box located within the header provides quick access to specific networks of interest.

Method #3: NVC Header Search

As text is entered in the search box, the autocomplete algorithm locates all network names containing the specified text string.
[Note: This quick-find feature does not search within network description or associated list of nodes]

Method #3: NVC Header Search

Select a network from the drop-down menu to open in the Network Viewer environment.

Method #4: Activity Feed-Based Network Selection

Select "Community" tab from the NVC header menu.

Method #4: Activity Feed-Based Network Selection

Community Activity overview page indicates recent actions completed within all networks, sorted by time of completion. This method allows user to easily identify "hotspots" of network activity.

Method #4: Activity Feed-Based Network Selection

Click on network name to open in the Network Viewer environment and verify edges.