Example Use Cases

Processing Environmental Samples

From the Overview


Detailed Breakdown



  1. A sample type must exist in eLab for each type of sample encountered.

    A type refers to a set of unique descriptors. For example, all Saanich Inlet samples require location, depth and date of collection, while all fosmid pools may require details on the source sample, screening outcomes or gene content information. Since fosmid pools and Saanich Inlet samples each require a different set of descriptors from each other, they are of different types.

  2. A label template must exist for each style of label to be printed.


  1. Review the prerequisites above and ensure they are satisfied.

  2. Record environmental samples in an eLab staging area

  3. Get the barcodes of the newly created sample entries from step 2.

  4. Print labels for the orginal samples by using their barcodes.. Label the orginal samples.

  5. Filter water sample(s) through Sterivex filters [small volume, large volume]

  6. Record filters in an eLab staging area. Specify each filter’s parent to be the respective sample from step 2.

  7. Get the barcodes of the newly created filter entries from step 6.

  8. Print labels for the Sterivex filters. Label the filters.

  9. Move all samples digitally from the staging area to their final locations

  10. Transfer all samples physically to their final storage locations.

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