Explore Sample Manager

Sample Manager Help
Explore the features of LabKey Sample Manager in this quick guided tour. Open the demonstration application in a new tab using this link:
You are exploring the application as a guest and can immediately see there are 6 types of samples present, and some recent assay data. To return to this dashboard at any time, click the logo in the upper left. Let's click through three main areas of the application:

Step 1: Explore Samples

Click the graph bar for one of the sample types to open a grid of all samples of that type; DNA for example.

Click the name of any sample to open a page of details about that sample; DNA-1001 for example. You can use the search bar above the grid to help. Click the Timeline tab to see the history of that specific sample in the system.

Click the Lineage tab in the upper left to see the lineage of that particular sample. In our demo, DNA samples are derived from PBMC samples, which in turn were derived from blood samples, which in turn have several sources.

Click the 'originating' blood sample, shown above "Blood-1001" then click the Lineage link on the right next to the blood sample name to see the lineage of that 'grandparent' of the original DNA sample.

After exploring lineage and sample data, return to the home dashboard by clicking the logo in the upper left.

Step 2: Explore Assays

In the lower right of the main dashboard, you can see a panel of Recent Assay Data. By default All Assays are shown. Use the dropdown to narrow the listing to just one of the available assays, such as qPCR.

Click the Assay ID (i.e. the name) of any run to see the data. Notice that all data is associated with a sample; in the case of the qPCR assay, you'll see a set of DNA samples. Click a Sample Id to see more details about the sample itself. As when exploring samples above, you can see the Lineage. You can also use the Assays tab to see all the assay data about that sample.

The other way to access assay information is via the main menu in the header to select Assays for a grid of all the assays defined. Select Heatmap for a visual representation of the number of runs for each assay each month.

After exploring lineage and sample data, return to the home dashboard by clicking the logo in the upper left.

Step 3: Explore Workflow

As a guest, no work is assigned to you. If it were, you would see it on the Jobs panel default tab: Your Queue. You can explore others' work in progress by clicking Active Jobs.

Use the Priority Level dropdown to filter the list. Click the name of any job to see the tasks and assignments.

In the upper right, tabs give you more information about Tasks, Samples, Assays, and Files associated with the job.

If the job was created using a template, you'll see the template name under the job name. Click it to see the template: a sequence of tasks that can be assigned for different groups of samples. On the template page, you can also click the Jobs tab for a list of all jobs created from the same template.

To see all workflow jobs in the system, select Workflow from the main menu. Tabs for your queue, all active jobs, completed jobs, all jobs and job templates let you explore more.

Next Steps

Continue to explore the demonstration data available.

If you are interested in finding out how Sample Manager can help your own work, or would like a demonstration of features like adding data and creating workflows, please get in touch to request a custom demo with a member of the LabKey team.

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