PerkinElmer Signals™ Notebook - What’s New

PerkinElmer Signals™ Notebook - What’s New

Signals Notebook is an intuitive and effective scientific research data management solution. Write up your research data and experiments, then drag and drop, store, organize, share, find and filter data with ease.

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22.5 June 2022 (Update to E3 in November 2022) -
What’s New
This version 22.5 release of Signals Notebook brings a capability to our Materials Libraries to allow for libraries without batches (beta). We have also enhanced other material capabilities around PubChem, Containers and Requests. We have extended our Task & Request capabilities with some improvements, (beta) and extended our ongoing Configuration Transfer (beta). We have also fixed a number of small bugs.


The following improvements are only available for users of Signals Notebook Individual Edition, Signals Notebook Standard and Signals Notebook Private Cloud

  • Usability Improvements
    • –  Indication of number of search hits
The following improvements are only available for users of Signals Notebook Standard and Signals Notebook Private Cloud

  • Inventory & Materials
    • –  Materials without batches/lots (beta)
    • –  Improved DNA sequence uniqueness checking
    • –  Updates to Container Permissions
    • –  Updates to PubChem Link Activation
    • –  Updates to Material Request Page
  • Integrations & APIs
    • –  Download materials as SMILES
    • –  Transition objects from Active or Approved to Closed
    • –  GET status of bulk upload file
  • Parallel Experiment layout
    • –  Available to all administrators without request
  • Tasks & Requests (beta)
    • –  Updates to the Task Table
    • –  Updates to the Samples Table
    • –  Updates to the Task Folder
    • –  Assign Analyst in the Task Folder
    • –  Create Experiments from the Task Folder
    • –  Assign Analyst in the Task Folder
    • –  Updates to the Task To Do Table
  • Configuration Transfer (beta)
    • –  System Settings – Workflow
    • –  Parallel Experiment settings
    • –  Notebook settings
    • –  Dependency checking
We also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

Administrators should note that we will soon be changing our IP addresses for our back end services. If you have integrations using External Sources, or use our Notifier APIs, and limit access to our provided IP ranges, please contact our support team for updated IP addresses.

The following OnDemand videos for Inventory are now available
  • How to Add Locations
  • Order Reagents with Material Requests
  • Steps to Add Containers
This content is anticipated for release on our Production E3 environments, and for Private Cloud customers on our deferred release schedule, in November 2022.

Administrators should also note that we have replaced our notification Service Signals Notebook Pulse with the following site here. Administrators should bookmark or can subscribe to this site for notification of any planned or unplanned outages on Signals Notebook and other PerkinElmer products. This site is part of a larger support news site found here, which contains more information about releases and other pertinent product information.

Administrators should note that we will changing a Security Setting in Signals Inventory in our next release. If you have users that currently have Edit permissions to Containers through Inventory Security, they will not be able to edit the properties after the June 2022 release and will require Full Control instead. If Administrators would like to keep users being able to edit Container properties, they can update the Security Policy now or after the update to be:

RULE "Inventory Security"
IF attribute "Inventory Security" match
THEN grant "entity.full_control"

Some systems may already have the above Security Rule in place, and no further action is required.

Further Details

Usability Improvements

Users will now be able to see the total number of search results at the top of the search window.

Usability Improvements

In the event your search returns higher than our maximum allowed results you will see the message below with your count estimate.

Usability Improvements

The following improvements are only available to users and administrators of Signals Notebook Standard and Private Cloud and are unavailable as part of Signals Notebook Individual Edition.


Inventory and Materials

Uniqueness checking of DNA libraries has been enhanced to account for plasmids that are identical but may have different start sites due to user action. Such plasmids will now be detected if uniqueness checking rules are enabled and users will be asked to resolve duplicates during registration.

Inventory and Materials

Container Permissions have been updated so that Users that have Write permissions through a Security Policy will be able to Update Amount in containers, Check In/Out, Dispose, Copy Containers and Print Barcodes. Only users with Full Control will be able to update container properties. An example of the Security Policy to set full control is shown below.

Inventory and Materials

The PubChem Link is available to all Materials Libraries that have a CAS field. To better reflect this, the location of the PubChem Link Activation page has moved to Material Types:

Inventory and Materials

The Material Request Page has been updated so that Order Requests on the Materials Request Page that are in the Received or Cancelled status will be removed from the page automatically when they are over 30 days old from the Date Requested.

Inventory and Materials

Requests that are in the Backordered, Recognized at dock, Pending or On Order will remain, even if they are older than 30 days.


Integrations & APIs

The endpoint GET /materials/{eid}/drawing has been extended to allow download of chemical materials in SMILES or InChI format.

Integrations & APIs

The endpoint POST/entities/{eid}/reviews/close has been added to allow developers to Close Experiments, Parallel Experiments and Admin defined Objects, from Active or Approved. The developer can optionally add a comment.

Integrations & APIs

The endpoint GET/materials/bulkExport/reports/{reportID} has been added to check the status of the report requested via the POST/materials/{libraryName}/bulkExport endpoint.

Integrations & APIs


Sub-Experiment Layout

The SubExperiment Layout is now available to all users where the administrator has enabled Parallel Experiments. This capability is now no longer considered as in beta and does not need to be requested.

Sub-Experiment Layout

The following capabilities are in beta and are only available to users and administrators of Signals Notebook Standard or Private Cloud upon request. Please contact your account representative or our support team if you would like access to the following features. They are unavailable as part of Signals Notebook Individual Edition.


Materials

Materials Libraries that do not have associated batches can now be created by administrators. This provides further flexibility in modeling your data to reflect how information is tracked in your organization. These Assets can be added to containers and referenced in Materials tables. Custom, DNA, or Protein libraries can be created. Note that a new container tab is present to track the inventory of these items.

Materials


Tasks and Requests

Our existing Task and Request Workflows have been enhanced with improvements to the Task Table, Samples Table, and the Task Folder.

Additional columns have been added to the Task Table for Creator and Created Date. The Reference ID can also now have multiple references for each task. Users can add additional references by using the magnifying glass. Users can remove individual references by using the break link icon or remove all references by using the x next to the last listed reference:

Tasks and Requests

Users can select multiple tasks at a time with check boxes at the front of each row or they can use the checkbox at the top to select all the tasks. After tasks are selected, the Bulk Actions drop down will be available. Bulk Actions adjust based on the status of a task (Submit, Delete, Duplicate and/or Cancel).

Tasks and Requests

Additional Tasks can be created by using the Create Task button. A new window will open, and users can fill in the appropriate information.

Tasks and Requests

If users would like to have all the references in 1 task, the check box needs to be checked.

Tasks and Requests

The Task Table can now be added to an experiment through the Add Content drop down.

Tasks and Requests

The Samples Table has been enhanced so that Tasks and a Task Table can be created through actions taken directly on the Samples Table. The Samples Table now has checkboxes and the Bulk Action drop down. When users select Create Tasks with selected samples the Task creation window will open.

Tasks and Requests

Users can create tasks on an individual row in the Samples table as well.

Tasks and Requests

Once the tasks have been created, the Task Table will automatically appear in the experiment.

Tasks and Requests

Tasks created in experiments inherit their security from the experiment. Only users that have access to the experiment in which the tasks were created in, have access to the task. The tasks created in the Request Folder will continue with the current security model.

The Task Folder has been updated so that the Task Folder cards have been replaced with a table view. New columns for Creator and Date Created have been added. New functionality has been added: Multi-Select, Update Status, Create Experiment, Assign Analyst and Filtering.

Tasks and Requests

Users can select up to 10 rows at time to perform an action on. The selection and the action will vary depending on the status of the task. New tasks can be deleted (users should submit the tasks from the experiment or the request).

Tasks and Requests

Submitted tasks can be completed or canceled.

Tasks and Requests

In Progress and Completed tasks cannot be updated from the Task Folder.

Filters can be applied to the Task Folder by using the text box at the top of the page. Filtering terms will show below the text box:

Tasks and Requests

User may remove the filters by clicking the x next to the text or using the Clear All button next to the text terms.

Users can search in the User columns (Analyst and Creator) by clicking in the column header for an additional filter.

Tasks and Requests

Users can search by a Date or a Date Range in columns that have dates, like Created Date.

Tasks and Requests

To change to a Date Range, use the drop down next to Date.

Tasks and Requests

Enter the date range you would like to filter by.

Tasks and Requests

Analysts can be assigned to tasks in the Submitted state from the Task Folder. Select the tasks that should be assigned and click the Assign Analyst option. A window will open to search for a user.

Tasks and Requests

Use the type ahead feature to find the user.

Tasks and Requests

The table will update with the newly assigned Analyst name.

Tasks and Requests

Note that assigning an Analyst to a task is not a requirement for the task to be completed. If a different Analyst puts the task in a Task To Do table, the Analyst field will update automatically.

Users can also now create Experiments directly from the Task Folder. Users can select the tasks they would like to have in a new experiment. They then can select the Create Experiment option.

Tasks and Requests

The new Experiment window will open.

Tasks and Requests

When the new experiment is created, a new Task To Do table with the selected tasks will appear in the experiment.

Tasks and Requests

The Task To Do Table has been updated so that users can select multiple tasks in the Task To Do table to perform an Update Status on.

Tasks and Requests

Depending on the task Status, the options in the drop down will change. Once the Status has been updated, it will show in the Task To Do table.

Tasks and Requests

It will also show in the original experiment’s Task Table.

Tasks and Requests


Configuration Transfer

We have extended our configuration transfer capability to support transfer of Workflow settings from System Settings, Parallel Experiment settings and Notebook settings. We have also added an indication on import of any missing dependencies.

Configuration Transfer
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