Once you have a folder containing one or more sample sets, you can view them at several levels.

View All Sample Sets

You can add the Sample Sets web part to any folder that has the Experiment module enabled. This web part lists all of the sample sets available in the current folder. Note the "Sample Count" field, which is a reserved, calculated column that shows the number of samples currently in a given sample set.

You can see this example in LabKey's proteomics demo.

View an Individual Sample Set

Clicking on the name of any sample set brings you to the individual view of the set and it's properties (metadata). For example, clicking on the Yeast Sample Set in the web part shown above brings you here:

Options on this page:

  • Edit Fields: Add or modify the metadata fields associated with this sample set. See Field Editor.
  • Edit Set: Change the name expression or description. See Create Sample Set.
  • Delete Set: Delete the sample set. You will be asked to confirm the deletion.
  • Import More Samples: See Import to Sample Sets.
You can also hover over any row to reveal (edit) and (details) icons.

Delete Samples

To delete one or more samples, check the box for each of the desired row(s) and click the (Delete) icon. You will be asked to confirm the deletion and reminded that deletion cannot be undone.


It's important to note that samples cannot be deleted if they have derived sample or assay data dependencies.

  • If all rows selected for deletion have dependencies, the deletion will be denied.
  • If some rows have dependencies, a popup will explain that only the subset without dependencies can be deleted and you will have to confirm if you still want to delete them.

View an Individual Sample

Clicking on the name of any sample in the sample set brings you to a detailed view of the sample.

The Sample Set Contents page shows you:

  • Standard properties. These are properties defined for a group of samples at the sample-set level.
  • Custom properties. These are properties of this individual sample.
  • Parent samples. The current sample was derived from these samples.
  • Child samples. The current sample has been used to derive the listed child samples. This might happen (for example) if you have subdivided the sample into smaller aliquots.
  • Runs using this material or derived material. All listed runs use this sample as an input.
It also provides links to:
  • Edit the properties of the sample.
  • Derive samples from this sample. This is covered in the next topic.

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