Your Dashboard

After signing into the Narrative Interface, you will be taken to your Dashboard, which provides an overview of your work in and use of KBase. From the Dashboard you can access existing Narratives, create new ones, contact collaborators, update your profile, and more. Main features of the Dashboard are described below.


What’s in my Dashboard?


  • There are four panels for exploring and locating existing Narratives: Your Narratives, Tutorial Narratives, Narratives Shared with You, and Public Narratives.
  • The most recently modified Narratives appear first in the panels.
  • Click on any Narrative name to open it.
  • Icons under a name indicate which apps the Narrative includes, how many markdown and code cells it contains, the number of times the Narrative has been shared, whether there are any running jobs, total running time for all completed jobs, and more.
  • Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.40.28 PMIcons under a name indicate which apps the Narrative includes, how many markdown and code cells it contains, the number of times the Narrative has been shared, whether there are any running jobs, total running time for all completed jobs, and more.
  • You can use the search box at the top of each panel to find a particular Narrative within that category.
  • In the Your Narratives panel, you can click the blue button at the top to create a new Narrative.

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Note that Public Narratives have not necessarily been reviewed or tested by the KBase team; they are simply Narratives that have been made public by their owners


  • Snapshot that shows how you’re using the system (e.g., how many Narratives you’ve created and shared compared to other users).
  • Other metrics will be added soon, as part of KBase’s expansion of its social features.

Common Collaborator Network

  •  People with whom you share Narratives.


Where can I go from here?

The Dashboard offers many launch points. To the left of the Your Narratives panel you will see five icons allowing you to toggle between the Dashboard, Catalog, Search, Jobs, and Account tabs.


  • Takes you to your Dashboard, the features of which are described above.


  • You can use the App Catalog to browse, search for, and see the specifications of each app KBase has to offer.


  • The Data Search tab (still in beta) gives you the ability to search JGI data as well as KBase user and reference data.
  • It allows you to search for data present in your own Narratives, those shared with you, and those made public by their owners.
  • It also enables you to search for reads and assemblies contained in the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) Genomes Online Database (GOLD) and add them directly to your Narratives.


  • The Job Browser allows you to view apps that you have run recently, see their progress, search for specific runs, and more.
  • You can filter the runs by FinishedQueued, Running, Success, and Error
  • Query results also display basic information surround the runs such as the Narrative they can be found in, App ID, Submission Time, Queue Time, Run Time, and Status


  • In the Account Manager you have access to edit your profile information.
  • From this tab you can also get to your Profile Page which gives an overview of your Narratives and your Collaborators.
  • You can access the user profile of any of your Collaborators by simply clicking on the name under the Your Collaborators panel while in your Profile Page.


Top-Level Menu

The top-level menu (accessed by clicking the three small horizontal lines on the upper left of the window) offers additional possibilities:

Narrative Interface goes to the main Narrative Interface, which allows you to create, edit, run, and share Narratives.

JGI Search goes to the Data Search tab that can also be reached by the Search icon in the side bar.

About goes to a page that describes the KBase system.

KBase Services Status goes to a page that describes the current version of KBase’s Narrative Interface.

Contact KBase lets you contact the KBase Help Desk with your question, bug report, or feature suggestion.

Help brings you to the Narrative User Guide.



In the next section, we’ll discuss how to create a new Narrative.