This topic is under construction for the 17.3 release of LabKey Server. For current documentation of this feature, click here.

In this step, you will create a LabKey Study folder and set some basic study properties.

Set Up

Create a New Study Folder

Study folders contain tools to help you manage your study, organize your data and set up security so that only authorized users can see the data.

  • Sign in to your LabKey Server and navigate to the Home project, or another location where you can create a new tutorial folder if you are working on a shared server.
  • Create a new folder to work in:
    • Go to (Admin) > Folder > Management and click Create Subfolder.
    • For the Name enter "Tutorial".
    • For Folder Type select "Study". You can hover over the names of various folder types to see tooltips describing their purpose.
    • Click Next.
    • On the Users/Permissions page, confirm "Inherit from Parent Folder" is checked and click Finish.
      • If you instead click Finish and Configure Permissions you will see the project configuration permission page. Make no changes there and click Cancel to continue.
  • Click the Create Study button.

Set Study Properties

Study properties are where you store some basic information about your study, including a name, identifying information, a protocol document, etc. You may also customize the word used to describe individual participants in a study (participants, subjects, mice, etc.)

The Study Label is the title shown in the top banner of your study - it does not need to match the underlying folder name, which is the default. Notice that the word "Study" is appended automatically to the label. If you had named your folder "Tutorial Study" it would show "Tutorial Study Study" here by default.

In this tutorial, you will create a date-based study with editable datasets and simple specimen tracking.

For this tutorial, change the default study properties to the values below:

  • Under Visit/Timepoint Tracking:
    • Timepoint Style: Dates
    • Start Date: 2008-04-01
    • Default Timepoint Duration (in days): 28
  • Under Specimen Management:
    • Repository Type: Standard Specimen Repository (if it is not selected by default)
  • Under Security:
    • Security Mode: Basic security with editable datasets

Note that if your browser window is narrow, your tabs will be collapsed to a pulldown menu indicated by a icon. Click the current tab to see the other tabs available.

On the Manage tab, click Change Study Properties to see the study properties again, plus some optional fields not offered in the initial creation step:

  • Investigator/Grant/Species: providing values for the investigator, grant, or species allows later filtering of a large number of studies by these attributes.
  • Description: The content entered here will be displayed on the overview tab. You can use formatting syntax; select the appropriate render type below. If no description is entered, the overview tab will show the numbers of datasets, time points, and participants present in the study.
  • Render Type: Select how to interpret the description entered above: plain text, HTML, Wiki, or Markdown syntax.
  • Subject Noun (Singular and Plural forms): The subject noun typically indicates the organism being investigated, for examples, "Mouse", "Mosquito", "Participant". This noun will be used throughout the user interface of the study.
  • Subject Column Name: The is the default column name containing subject ids. Your data does not need to conform to this column name. It is only the default used by the server.

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