This topic describes how to use the Biologics application to create new entities, i.e. members of any data class in the bioregistry, including cell lines, molecules, nucleotide sequences, expression systems, etc. Users creating entities may specify a name, or have one generated for them using a naming pattern. Entity names can also be edited later. If desired, administrators may also hide the ability to specify or edit names.
In this example, we show creation of a new cell line. Other kinds of entities will have different fields that compose them, and may also have additional tabs in the creation wizard. See specific documentation listed at the end of this topic.
- From the main menu, click the type of entity to create. Then select Create > [Entity Name].
- Provide the details in the registration wizard:
- Name: Provide a short unique name, or leave this field blank to have one generated using the naming pattern for this data class.
- Description: Optional, but will be shown in the grids and can be a helpful way to illustrate the entity.
- When the fields are completed, click Finish to create the new entity.
You can now return to the grid for this data class (i.e. cell lines) to find your new entity later.
Entity Naming Patterns
If you do not provide a name, the naming pattern for the data class will be used to generate one. Hover over the
to see the naming pattern in a tooltip.
The default naming patterns in LabKey Biologics are:
|Entity||Default Naming Pattern|
To change a naming pattern, edit the Data Class definition
Edit Entity Details
Open the details page for the entity by clicking its name on the grid for the data class. You will see Details, Samples, and Related Entities
on the Overview
- Click to edit details.
- Authorized users can edit the Name here, as well as other details shown in the panel.
Hide Name Entry/Edit Options
An administrator can hide the Name
field for insert, update, or both by using Query Metadata overrides
on a data class basis.
- When insert of names is hidden, they will be generated using the naming pattern for the data class.
- When update of names is hidden, names remain static after entity creation.
For example, to hide the Name
field for cell lines for both insert and update use the following:
<table tableName="CellLine" tableDbType="NOT_IN_DB">
An administrator can also disallow user-defined names throughout the system as described in this topic: