Creating New Samples

Basically there are four different ways to create new Samples;

  • Pipeline Mode
    Process multiple input files with pipeline defined by a script.
  • Create Empty Sample
    Use from the menu File | New | New Sample.png Empty Sample to create a Sample for which no DNA sequences exist (yet). Of course the sequences can be added to existing Samples at any time.
    Seqsphere new sample dialog.png

Storing Samples

The edited sample can be saved with the Save.gif Save-command or by pressing CTRL+S. Note that saving a Sample is not possible if there are condition error flags (e.g., missing mandatory value or plausibility check failed). A saved Sample is stored on the connected SeqSphere+ server. Once Samples are saved they can be viewed and if allowed and not locked edited by other users.

Searching and Retrieving Stored Samples

The command DBLoad.png Search Sample allows to search the sample database on the SeqSphere+ server. It opens a dialog window that can be switched from Quick to Advanced mode with the buttons at the upper right side of the window.

Quick Mode

Search Sample Quick.png

The Quick mode allows to perform a simple search in epi metatdata fields for a given text. The fields that should be searched can be specified by clicking the Choose Fields button. The settings for Project and Recently modified can be used to limit the search to the specified project or to samples that were modified recently.

Advanced Mode

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The Advanced mode can be used to define more sophisticated search criteria.

  • The General Criteria area allows to select the projects that should be searched. The search can be restricted to samples that have a special task entry or belong to a specific owner or group. The Recently modified field allows to limit the search to Samples that were modified recently.
  • The Simple Tag Criteria area allows to limit the search to samples that have or don't have a specific tags assigned.

Search Result List

Press the button Search to start the search and view a list of the Samples that were found in the database matching the defined search criteria. If no search criteria are defined, all Samples in database are viewed. For performance reasons, the size of the result list is limited to 250 rows by default. If more Samples are found, the Previous page and Next page buttons below the search result can be used to step through the result pages. If Samples across several Projects are found then the Samples are ordered by Projects in the result list. The Columnsbutton.png Choose Columns button in the upper right corner of the list can be used to choose the metadata fields that should be displayed.

Samples can be opened for viewing or editing by selecting them in the result list and clicking the Load selected-button. Note that holding the SHIFT- or CTRL-key while clicking Samples allows to select multiple Samples. Also note that selecting a Project will open all Samples in it.

Double-clicking a Project in the result-list opens all Samples of that Project. Double-clicking a Sample opens only this Sample.

Search Sample resulttable.png

Deleting Samples

Only the Sample owner can delete a Sample. Deletion is done by using the DBDelete.png Delete Sample command in the tool bar. By using the menu command DBDelete.png File | Delete Samples or the context menu after selection of more than one Sample in the navigation tree several Samples can be deleted at once.