Here is a glossary to help you understand the main concepts and vocabulary used on the TEST module. Based on biological experimentation’s nomenclature.

EDD (Experimental Data Depot)

It is an open-source bioinformatic software and web tool designed as a standardized repository of experimental biological data and metadata. It was developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) and Sandia National Lab (SNL) and inspired TESELAGEN to create the TEST module.

Lab

Represents a shared and secure work environment between different users within the application. Every data or information stored within the scope of a Lab will only be accessible within it.

Assay Subject (Subject)

A subject corresponds to a measurable entity of experimentation. An assay subject could be submitted to different experimentations and correspond to the highest level in the hierarchy. An assay subject could be studied by many different experiments through many assays.

Experiment

Used to describe and store data from a particular experiment focused on studying a specific phenomenon. Each experiment is associated with a single Lab.

Assay

It refers to a particular test within an experiment with the scope of measuring a particular behavior or characteristic of one or many assay subjects. Each assay is associated with a single Experiment.

Descriptor

Represents one or multiple features or characteristics which describe an Assay Subject.

Measurement

Represents a measurement made during a certain assay to a specific subject. These measurements can be included in upload files with their corresponding measurement unit. Each measurement is associated with one Assay Subject.

Parser

Allows configure and save data load process. Each upload process must go through stages that structure and standardize the data. The parsers are used to automatically apply this structuring once it has been done.

Unit

Each measurement is associated with its respective unit. This corresponds to the "metric" or "unit" defined in the TEST data model.

Unit scale

Each measurement unit is associated with a unit system. Two of the most important are: the metric and imperial systems.

Unit dimension

The measurement unit is associated with its respective dimension. For example: the unit “second” has the “time” dimension; the unit “g/L” has the “density” dimension and so on. Store this kind of information is useful to know how to treat different types of data and measurements, to visualize and analyze them. 

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