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Scaffold Hunter

Scaffold Hunter is a Java-based open source tool for the visual analysis of data sets with a focus on data from the life sciences, aiming at an intuitive access to large and complex data sets. The tool offers a variety of views, e.g. graph, dendrogram, and plot view, as well as analysis methods, e.g. for clustering and classification. Scaffold Hunter has its origin in drug discovery, which is still one of the main application areas, and is evolved into a reusable open source platform for a wider range of applications. The tool offers flexible plugin and data integration mechanisms to allow adaption to new fields and data sets, e.g. from medical image retrieval. Scaffold Hunter is used worldwide in research, both academic and commercial, and for teaching at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and the University of Sydney, Australia.

Please visit our Sourceforge project site for further information or follow one of the direct links to specific subpages:

Google Summer of Code 2014

Scaffold Hunter was accepted for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014! GSoC participants interested in Scaffold Hunter are encouraged to subscribe to the Scaffold Hunter mailing lists scaffoldhunter-users and scaffoldhunter-devel to follow the project idea discussions.


Close-up view of a scaffold tree Several views showing data and statistical analysis results


Please cite either of the following papers when you use Scaffold Hunter in your publications and refer to the Scaffold Hunter Website at


Scaffold Hunter is currently developed as an open project at Sourceforge and supported by:
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Chair of Algorithm Engineering
TU Dortmund
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Department of Chemical Biology
MPI for Molecular Physiology Dortmund
Information Visualisation Research Group
School of Information Technologies
The University of Sydney


The Scaffold Hunter project was initiated by Stefan Wetzel and Karsten Klein, a first version of Scaffold Hunter was implemented by a student project group (PG504) at TU Dortmund under their supervision. For version 2.x, many parts of it were improved, extended, and rewritten by the student project group PG552 under the supervision of Carsten Gutwenger, Nils Kriege, and Karsten Klein at TU Dortmund.
We would like to thank the members of PG504, Anke Arndt, Vanessa Bembenek, Ambia Ben Ahmed, Philipp Büdenbender, Nils Kriege, Adalbert Gorecki, Sergej Rakov, Michael Rex, Gebhard Schrader, Henning Wagner, André Wiesniewski, and Cengizhan Yücel, and the members of PG552, Bernhard Dick, Thorsten Flügel, Henning Garus, Michael Hesse, Philipp Kopp, Philipp Lewe, Dominic Sacré, Till Schäfer, and Thomas Schmitz, for their contribution and enthusiasm in creating the prototype application. The final reports of PG504 and PG552 can be retrieved here and here, respectively.