• Improved Issue Administration: The Issues administration page has been re-organized for clarity. The custom field editor has been updated to use the standard field editor. The number of custom fields that can be added is now unlimited. Multiple issue lists in the same container are supported. Individual issues can be moved between containers. Inheriting configuration from another issues list is no longer supported, but custom fields can be set as lookups to shared lists via the standard field editor. (docs) (demo)

Study Data Management

  • FreezerPro Enhancements: Add custom fields via the field mapping user interface. To ensure appropriate field mapping, the user interface now filters by data type. Refine data loaded from the FreezerPro server with expanded filter comparators. (docs) (demo)


  • User Account Improvements: Users can update their own email address. (docs) (demo)
  • Data Views Performance Improvements: The Data Views Browser loads faster, making it easier for users to explore the queries and reports in a study.
  • Improved Query Browser Performance: The Query Browser loads faster, making it easier for administrators to browse the core database tables and the queries built on top of them.


  • Column Visualizations: Small charts for one column of data, including Histograms, Box Plots, and Pie Charts. (docs) (demo)
  • Column Aggregates: Display aggregate values at the bottom of a data column, including Average, Count, etc. (docs) (demo)
  • Quickly Remove Column: Quickly remove a column from a data grid through the column header menu. (docs) (demo)
  • Improved Menu Layout for Data Grids: The "Views" menu has been renamed to "Grid Views", and focuses exclusively on modifying grids. The new "Reports" menu consolidates the available report types. (docs) (demo)
  • R Markdown v2: Markdown v2 is now supported when creating knitr R reports. (docs)

User Interface

  • User Interface Tours: Shows users how your application works by providing a step by step path through the UI, each step provides a pointer, explanatory text, and links to the next step and further documentation. (docs)
  • New Icons: Most of the user interface has been updated from bitmap icons to use font-based icons. Views (docs)
  • Reorder Reports and Charts: Administrators can reorganize reports within categories. (docs) (demo)
  • Reorder Subcategories in Data Views Browser: Administrators can reorder subcategory groupings using a drag-and-drop interface.(docs) (demo)
  • Alphabetize Items in Data Views Browser: Administrators can order items alphabetically or according to the order they are returned from the database. (docs) (demo)
  • Notifications Inbox: An experimental feature displays a notification inbox in the upper right corner. (docs) (demo)

Sample Sets and Specimens

  • New Data Structure: DataClass: Use DataClasses to capture properties and parentage for samples, such as those produced from complex bio-engineering processes. (Also available in release 16.1.) (docs)
  • Sample Parentage/Lineage: A new way to indicate parentage in Sample Sets has been added. The previous way to indicate lineage, the "Parents" column, is still present, but should be considered deprecated. (docs)


Assays and Instrument Data

  • (Panorama) QC Dashboard Improvements: The Quality Control Dashboard shows a summary of the most recent file uploads, along with color-coded QC reports. (docs) (demo)
  • (Panorama) Small Molecule QC: Panorama QC folders now support both proteomics (peptide/protein) and small molecule data. (docs) (demo)
  • (Panorama) Heat Maps with Clustergrammer: Visualize expression matrix data using the Clustergrammer web service. (docs)
  • (MS2) Multiple FASTAs for Single Search: XTandem and Mascot searches can be performed against multiple FASTAs simultaneously. (docs) (demo)
  • (MS2/Mascot) Improvements in Mascot Search Results: Propagate the FDR filter applied to the decoy results to the target peptide results. (docs) (demo)


  • Improved List Tutorial: Learn about using lists. (docs)
  • Tours for New Users: Create tours of tools and interfaces for your users. (docs)
  • Improved Examples for Surveys: Additional example code for online surveys is provided, including populating default values from database values, conditional/branching questions, and Likert scales. (docs)


  • Rlabkey Source Repository: The Rlabkey API has been moved from SVN to GitHub.


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