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BrainGraph Editor 1.0 Beta
The BrainGraph Editor 1.0 Beta is a JAVA application designed to create taxonomies or hierarchies.


The BrainGraph Editor allows a user to easily add labels, tags, brief descriptions, and metadata in an interface that allows the user to name and move items within a hierarchy. Hierarchies may be visualized in either a Hyperbolic or Tree view and color may be added as additional information that may aid in visualizing a classification.

The intuitive interface allows a user to drag and drop items much like moving files in a computer explorer window. The resulting information is held in an XML file that may be read in MBAT or SHIVA. These files do not require it, but they may be associated with an atlas volume and visualized using the BrainGraph viewer in MBAT or SHIVA and used to navigate through the atlas volume.


1. Visualization
Multiple views of the items and the hierarchy aid the user in creating and editing information and arranging it in the desired layout.
2. Simple editing
The intuitive interface allows a user to quickly create new hierarchies or edit existing ones. The user can add new nodes and drag and drop existing nodes much like moving files in a computer explorer window.
3. Addition of metadata
Any of the nodes may have metadata easily added to them.
4. Compatibility with other tools
Hierarchies can be saved as integrated label format (.ilf) files and visualized in the BrainGraph viewer available in the Mouse BIRN Atlasing Toolkit (MBAT) and SHIVA.
NIfTI-1 support
Heng Yuan
Daren Lee (
How to get
You can download from BIRN website, or LONI website,
Current version
1.0 Beta
Current version release date
Open source
BSD, BIRN License
Available free of charge
JRE 1.5+
Technical publications
Applications publications
Other information
Contributors/Authors The BrainGraph Editor was created by Arthur Toga, Heng Yuan, Allan MacKenzie-Graham, Seth Ruffins, Daren Lee, Amanda Hammond, David Shattuck, Queenie Ng, Steve Anderson, and Jyl Boline.

Funding This project is supported by U24 RR021760 funded by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Application, atlas, BIRN, hierarchy, ontology, tool, viewer, visualization
Java, Linux, MacOS, Not supporting Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), UNIX, Windows
IATR listing last updated
22 Feb 2008