Introduction to caArray: Browse and Search caArray Repository
Topic: caArray Usage
Release: Up to caArray 2.x
Date entered: 03/19/2010
Browse caArray Repository
The browsing feature in caArray is available to all visitors with or without an account. However, without login a user can only see public data. Once logged in, a user can view public data and non-public data for which the user has permissions.
caArray offers four options to browse through experiments in caArray repository.
- Array Providers
- Unique Array Designs
Browse caArray Options
Browsing by the Experiments
Clicking the URL associated with the Experiments (first option listed) will bring up a complete list of experiments that are accessible to the users, the users' own experiments plus publicly accessible experiments. (For more information on public visibility, refer to caArray 043 - Manage the Public Visibility of a caArray Experiment, Manage the public visibility of a caArray experiment.
Users may sort the experiment list by Experiment ID, Experiment Title, Organism or Updated, by clicking on the column title.
Browsing by the Organisms
Clicking the URL associated with the Organism (second option in the list) will bring up a page listing as tabs all organisms that are found among the caArray's available experiments. The count of experiments available within each organism also appears on the tab. Click the tab for each organism to see detailed information on the experiments for that organism.
Browsing by the Array Providers
Both the array providers and corresponding number links open the Browse by Array Providers page (third option in the list). An array provider is generally the company or group that manufactured the array design used in the experiment. The page is organized alphabetically by tabs that correspond to different array manufacturer's names, with a list of related experiments. The count of experiments available within each Array Provider also appears on the tab. Click the corresponding tab to view detailed information on the experiments for each Array Provider.
Array Providers List
Browsing by the Array Designs
An array design is a file that explains the design of an array. This includes such information as the array layout and design, its substrate, surface type, attachment type, the array strand type and the coordinates of each gene on the array.
Both the array providers and corresponding number links open the Browse by Array Designs page (fourth option in the list). The page is organized alphabetically by tabs that correspond to different array designs, with a list of related experiments. The count of experiments available within each Array Design also appears on the tab. Click the corresponding tab to display detailed information on the experiments for each Array Design.
Array Designs List
Search caArray Repository
In caArray, any user can search the repository for the experiments, a feature that can be launched either before login by any user or after login by a registered user. A non-logged in user can view only public data. A logged in user can view public data and non-public data for which the user has permissions.
Search by a public user
For non logged-in users, the Search caArray section is located on the lower portion of the caArray homepage.
Browse and Search caArray User Interfaces
Search by a logged in user
For logged-in users, the Search caArray section is located on the upper right corner of the page.
Search caArray Interface for Logged in Users
Keyword and category are required for the search
To perform a search, the user must enter a keyword and then pick up a category under either the option Experiments or the option Samples. An inappropriate selected category will fail to return a valid experiment.
Search caArray Interface with Experiments and Samples Expanded
Once the user finds the information being sought, the user can open/edit/extract the permissible experiment.
An example of caArray search
The illustration below shows an example of performing a search by the Experiments option and the Experiment id category.
Experiments Option with Experiments id Category Selected
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