Get Started with Sample Manager

Sample Manager Help

Welcome to LabKey Sample Manager

This topic will help you get started as an administrator using LabKey Sample Manager for sample tracking. First, complete the tutorial to learn to add sample information, define assays, and create the workflow processes you will follow. When you first create a LabKey Sample Manager project, it will be empty, so these topics are designed to populate each area of the application with tutorial examples.


After completing the tutorial, you can return to this page to follow this sequence to start adding your own data.

Configure Freezers

Matching your physical storage to virtual storage locations in the app can make it easy to know where to find the samples you need.

Add Sample Inventories

Getting your sample information loaded is the heart of using Sample Manager. Define the structure of the data to describe each "type" of sample in your system. Once the types are defined, the samples can be created within the application or via spreadsheet import.

Associate Sources

If your samples have physical or biological sources that you want to track, you can learn about adding them and associating them with samples in these topics:

Define Assays

The data you obtain from running instrument tests on your samples will be uploaded as an assay to LabKey Sample Manager. These topics will guide you in designing assays and uploading your data.

Outline Workflow

Your laboratory workflow can be managed by creating workflow jobs for the sequences of tasks your team performs. Add your users, set permissions, and organize your jobs and templates following these topics:

Explore More

Now that you understand the basics, you can learn more about real use cases by exploring our read-only example of a LabKey Sample Manager application in active use.

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