Arena3Dweb: interactive 3D visualization of multilayered networks supporting multiple directional information channels, clustering analysis and application integration

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Arena3Dweb is an interactive web tool that visualizes multi-layered networks in 3D space. In this update, Arena3Dweb supports directed networks as well as up to nine different types of connections between pairs of nodes with the use of Bézier curves. It comes with different color schemes (light/gray/dark mode), custom channel coloring, four node clustering algorithms which one can run on-the-fly, visualization in VR mode and predefined layer layouts (zig-zag, star and cube). This update also includes enhanced navigation controls (mouse orbit controls, layer dragging and layer/node selection), while its newly developed API allows integration with external applications as well as saving and loading of sessions in JSON format. Finally, a dedicated Cytoscape app has been developed, through which users can automatically send their 2D networks from Cytoscape to Arena3Dweb for 3D multi-layer visualization. Arena3Dweb is accessible at or

Original languageEnglish
Article numberlqad053
JournalNAR Genomics and Bioinformatics
Issue number2
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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