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The Workbench

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Samples normally live in sample containers, but sometimes you need to create or work with a sample before you know what container it is going to live in. To help with this, eCAT provides the Workbench, a "holding area" which can be considered similar to a sample container except that the samples do not have a location inside the container - they are instead presented as a flat list.

Creating samples on the Workbench

To create a sample on the Workbench click the icon shown below.

Creating new samples

Creating new samples

The following drop down appears. You can select a sample template to create.

The sample templates

The sample templates

When you have selected a sample template, you are presented with the following dialog.

Creating on the workbench

Creating on the workbench

When you create samples on the Workbench you need to decide how many samples you are going to create, and whether or not you are creating a set of aliquots (i.e. where all created data belongs to the same sample) or a set of separate samples (i.e. where all created data belong to different samples). When you click Create Sample the samples are created and you are returned to the Workbench.

Editing sample data

To edit this data, you click the following icon when you have a single sample or aliquot selected.

Editing sample data

Editing sample data

You are then taken to the editing screen. Editing sample data in eCAT is very similar to editing notebook records. Take a look at this topic for more data on editing.

Remember that if you have multiple aliquots of this sample, then all of the aliquots share this sample data that you are currently editing, so any changes will be reflected in all the aliquots.

Editing data for a single aliquot

As well as the sample data, there is data unique to each aliquot. You can edit that data by selecting an aliquot and clicking the button shown below.

The aliquot button

The aliquot button

The following dialog is shown:

Editing aliquot data

Editing single aliquot data

Enter the new values that you wish to see updated in the aliquot and click save.

Editing data for multiple aliquots

If you have multiple aliquots selected you can use the edit aliquot button (shown below again) to edit the information for all of the selected aliquots at once.

The aliquot button

The aliquot button

The following dialog is shown:

Editing aliquot data

Editing multiple aliquot data

Here you need to check the fields that you wish to edit. The values that you enter into the checked fields will be updated in all the selected aliquots when you click save. Values in the fields that are not checked will be retained.

Copying and aliquoting samples

To create a copy of a sample on the Workbench select a single sample and then click the copy icon as shown below.

Copying a sample

Copying a sample

You are asked how many copies you wish to make and, on confirmation, the copies are created. These samples all have different sample information - they are not aliquots of each other.

To create a set of aliquots on the Workbench select a single sample and then click the copy icon as shown below.

Aliquoting a sample

Aliquoting a sample

You are asked how many aliquots you wish to make and, on confirmation, the aliquots are created. These samples all share a single set of sample information - they are a set of aliquots.

Deleting samples

To delete samples on the Workbench select a set of samples and then click the delete icon as shown below.

Deleting samples

Deleting samples

After confirmation the samples will be deleted.

Moving samples from the Workbench to containers

When you have finished preparing your samples on the Workbench you will then probably want to move them to sample containers. You have two ways of doing that from the Workbench - you can move the samples into a new container, or into an existing container.

To move the samples into a new container, select all the samples you want to move and then click the following icon.

Moving samples to a new container

Moving samples to a new container

The following dialog is shown.

Choosing a container type

Choosing a container type

You need to decide what sort of container you are creating here from the drop down. When you select a container type it is displayed in the dialog as shown below.

Populating the container

Populating the container

You can then move the samples on the left into the locations you require or click the "Auto populate" link to have eCAT place all the samples in the tray for you. When you are done deciding on locations, click on "Next". The following dialog is shown.

Naming the container

Naming the container

Give the container a name and description. You are then asked to provide a destination container for your new container to be created in. Select a destination (by clicking on the text under the description) for your new container. Your container will be created complete with all of its samples already in place.

Adding samples to an existing container is very similar. Just select the samples you wish to add, then click on the following icon.

Moving samples to an existing container

Moving samples to an existing container

You then need to choose an already existing sample container to move the samples into. After you have selected a sample container you use similar population controls to adding to a new container. When you are finished, click "Finish" and the samples will be moved to the existing container.