- Dynamic creation and modification of databases
Create simple or complex databases on the fly. No need to be a software developer or a database manager. Add/modify tables and fields at any time and in seconds. You have the ability to evolve with the needs of your business and research projects. It's so easy and great that you won't believe it. .
- Data management system
Management of data has never been as easy and intuitive. Users can create their own layouts or views on a given table or set of tables. Links between tables are directly visible from the main interface of the software and several tables can be accessed, modified from the same view. Data can be displayed as and edited in spreadsheets and hierarchical trees. .
- Basic and advanced queries made easy
Searching databases in an easy way without the need to build complex SQL queries is possible using the basic and advanced queries options. Queries can be saved and re-used at any time. Even extremely complex queries involving several linked tables, that would require deep knowledge of SQL commands are easy. .
- Security and access management
Access to databases is made via login and password. Only registered users can access the system. Users belong to groups and latter have rights to read, write and delete tables, fields and records of a given database. Roles are granted at group level and are defined by the administrators of the database. This system is highly flexible and safe for your data. Only the right groups can view and edit tables, fields and records. For example, some records could be visible for researchers within the laboratory and hidden for Internet visitors accessing the database via the online version of BioloMICS. .
- Tracking system
Every modifications made to a given database are recorded. Administrator can search the tracking system and undo or redo a number of actions. For example, it's possible to search for all changes made by a given user between March and November of a given year.
- Data retrieval tools
A number of tools have been implement that allow users to easily retrieve data from pictures, electrophoresis gels, microplates readers, geographic databases and maps, DNA and protein sequences databases, publication databases, etc.
- Importation and exportation of data
Easy and flexible importation and exportation of data is a must in BioloMICS. Data can be imported from a number of formats. All data can be exported using standard formats such as Tab delimited, text, MS-Word, MS-Excel, HTML, XML, Fasta, NCBI, etc. Users can also define their own formats and create reporting templates. For example, one can create templates for invoicing, periodic reports, catalogs or books.
- Stock management
For culture collection, museums and laboratories, it's important to keep track of the available stock and have a warning system when stock levels are too low. The stock system can be linked to clients, ordering and invoicing systems.
- Clients' management
Clients and users' data can be managed properly and used with ordering and invoicing systems as well as the security system.
- Orders and invoices management
Clients can order items (strains or specimens, for example) using the cart system of the online version of BioloMICS. Curators and sales responsible of the system are emailed and warning when orders are posted. They can view orders and perform the required actions to remove items from the stock and create invoices.
- Molecular data edition and analysis
DNA and protein sequences can be properly stored and edited in BioloMICS. Basic statistics on sequences and a number of pairwise and multiple alignments algorithms are available to perform identifications and classifications. .
- LIMS to manage and track sequencing operations
Sequencing is a process involving a number of steps. From samples managements to DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing reactions, automated alignments of trace files, insertion of results in database and reporting, everything is included in this advanced module. ,
- Alignments of trace files and contig edition
A trace files (ABI, AB1 and SCF formats accepted) viewer and contig edition tool is available with a lot of useful features like base caller, up to 5 quality statistics algorithms, zooming, stretching, multiple edition, multiple sequence alignments, etc. Results can be stored directly in BioloMICS databases or saved as independent XML files. .
- Pairwise Blast alignments of sequences
Create your own sequence databases and align unknown sequences in batch. Alignments can be performed against a local database and at the same time against Genbank/NCBI. Results are stored in a results directory and can be re-opened at any time. Many options are available to fine tune the alignment algorithms. .
- Multiple alignments of sequences
Multiple alignments of sequences can be performed. Alignments can then be edited and exported. .
- Gels and electrophoresis analysis
A complete one dimensional electrophoresis module is available. Any pictures formats can be opened, filtered and modified. Lanes are automatically retrieved. Empty lanes are detected and warping of lanes is possible allowing to analyze smiling gels. Automated bands retrieval, edition and computation of molecular weights, and distances of migration. Results can be incorporated in BioloMICS databases and used for identification or classification purposes. .
- 96 and 384 microplates support
Microplates data can be saved in BioloMICS databases. Specific fields have been especially designed for. A number of automated microplate readers can be controlled using BioloMICS. Data can be inserted in databases for identification or classification purposes.
- Images analysis
An image analyzes module has been introduced to allow for the measurements of objects present on a picture. A large number of filtering options are available and automated and manual retrieval of objects are possible. Descriptive statistics on objects such as length, width, perimeter and surface can be obtained automatically. .
- Geographic distributions
Search for latitude, longitude data of any locality in the world. Create dynamic distribution maps on the fly. Use Google maps or Shape files. .
- Scripting tools
BioloMICS is very large software with tons of modules and functionalities. However, some users want to integrate their own code in the software. It's now possible using the integrated scripting tool. Repetitive tasks can be automated. Specific functions can be integrated in the system's menus. Visual Basic.NET and C#.NET languages can be used and a complete source code editor with intellisense and automated formatting of the code is available. .
For the identification and classification modules, we've created a large panel of algorithms that are specific to each type of characters and fields. As an example, for the comparisons of one dimensional electrophoresis data, up to 8 different algorithms are available. For sequence alignments, 6 algorithms, etc. For each algorithm, a number of parameters can be defined such as tolerance or precision, weight, number of target records and subfields accounted. A different algorithm can be select for each characteristic or field. The latter can be included in or excluded from a given comparison.
- Polyphasic identification
Polyphasic identification means that unknown records can be compared with an unlimited number of reference records on the basis of any selection of characters or fields. For example, morphological, physiological, molecular, chemical, ecological or geographical data can be used and differentially weighted during the identification process. Easy reporting tool is available and highlighting of differences can be obtained. .
- Polyphasic classification
Polyphasic classification means that a set of records can be compared on the basis of any selection of characters or fields. For example, morphological, physiological, molecular, chemical, ecological or geographical data can be used and differentially weighted during the classification process. Many classification algorithms have been implemented such as UPGMA, WPGMA, Single and Complete Linkage, UPGMA, WPGMC, Ward's Minimum Variance, Neighbor Joining, Lance & Williams Flexible clustering or Multi-Dimensional Scaling. ,
- Descriptive statistics
Descriptive statistics can be obtained for a selection of records and the characteristics or fields of the database. Soon (first quarter of 2011) a complete advanced statistical module will be implemented in BioloMICS.
Many reporting functions are available and data can be exported in a number of formats such as Tab delimited, text, MS-Word, MS-Excel, HTML, XML, Fasta, NCBI, etc. User defined templates can also be created for standard reporting. With the integrated scripting tools, complex reports can also be prepared.
- Publication on the Internet
Data can be published on the Internet via the online version of BioloMICS NET. More information.
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- Installation requirements of BioloMICS Desktop version
The BioloMICS Main windows software is compatible with all MS-Windows operating systems (2003, 2008, XP, Vista and Windows 7). It will work fine on Pentium II or more with 1GB of RAM. Higher values would however be better. A very good graphic card is needed. The .NET framework 3.5 must be installed on the PC. If not installed, the installation software will do it for you.
- Installation requirements of BioloMICS Net version
Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 R1 (32bit) are needed. Internet Information Service (IIS) must be installed. The Dot Net framework must also be installed. To host BioloMICS Net, we recommend having a 2 GB ram server. The basic software installation requires 100 MB. More will of course be needed for client’s data (pictures, PDF files ...) but this is not something that we can predict and that is variable depending on the website.