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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22.8 September 2022 (Update to E3 in March 2023) -
What’s New
This version 22.8 release of Signals Notebook brings an integration with Signals Inventa whereby new and updated items in a Materials Library can be sent to Signals Inventa for association with test data, aggregation and analysis. This release also brings an improvement to Materials Tables to allow them to be used to define new materials in addition to reporting existing materials. Chemists can now define their reactants using Amount Ratio type calculations and capture a record of their planned amounts. We have extended on ongoing beta releases of Configuration Transfer and hierarchical attributes. 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
    • –  Link provided to the PKI Ideas Portal
  • Chemistry
    • –  Calculation of reagents based on amount ratio to limiting reagent
    • –  Capture of planned amounts

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

  • Usability
    • –  Awaiting Your Review, Rejected dashboard widgets show all signable object types
  • Samples
    • –  Append personal templates
  • Inventory
    • –  Containers display Structures/Images of Material
    • –  Improved type ahead search for Locations
  • API Integrations & APIs
    • –  API endpoints to Update a Sample from a Product
    • –  Update Task from Submitted to Cancelled
    • –  Support both Greek and micro forms of
  • Signals VitroVivo® Integration
    • –  Import Plate, xlsx and data table from Signals Notebook into Signals VitroVivo
    • –  Publish PDF, zip from Signals VitroVivo to Signals Notebook
  • Signals Inventa® Integration
    • –  Administrative setup (Secret key, connection string)
    • –  Synchronization of Compounds Library
  • Configuration Transfer (beta)
    • –  Improved report display in admin audit trail
    • –  Conflict Resolution workflow
  • Materials
    • –  Registration from Materials Tables (beta)
  • Hierarchical Attributes (beta)
    • –  End-User Value filtering based on Parent Selection
    • –  Loading Attributes and Hierarchical Linking via csv upload
    • –  Configuration and Linking in Templates (Sample Properties, Task Properties, Materials Fields, ADT Columns)

We also fixed several small bugs in this release. Details of the enhancements are described below.

The following OnDemand videos for Signals Notebook End Users are now available

  • Plates: Create and Populate your Plate
  • Plates: Tips for Multiple Plates

The following OnDemand videos for Signals Notebook Administrators are now updated

  • Inventory – How to Restrict Access
  • Inventory – How to Provide Unrestricted Access

Administrators should note that we continuing to change our IP addresses for our back end services with this release. 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.

Administrators should note that we are changing the way that we return results when searches on content in Samples. When searching on the content of Samples, such as Microsoft Office, ChemDraw, Admin defined tables or other attached documents, the results will now favor the return of the Sample where previously the return of the Experiment was favored. Searches against the Sample Properties will remain unchanged. This change would affect searches done in the application via Advanced Search and also via the external search API endpoints. This change will be made effective in an upcoming release.

Administrators should note that we are changing the way that Administrators and Users that have created Materials Libraries have read access to, edit and deleting contents of Materials Libraries. Currently creators of the Materials Library maintain access to the contents of the Materials Library. This will change such that the creators will require access via the Security Policy to maintain access for viewing, editing and deleting the contents of the Materials Library. This is scheduled for the next release. Administrators may update the Security Policy now or after the update by revisiting the Security Policy and updating it with the correct group
# Grants read access to all Materials (assets)
# RULE "Access to Materials within the library"
# IF
#   resource type equal "asset"
# THEN
# grant "entity.write"

# Grants access to users to Specific Material Type Libraries.
# RULE "Access to Specific Material Libraries"
# IF
#   attribute "Material Library Type" match AND
#   resource type equal "assettype"
# THEN
#   grant "entity.write"

# Grants access to all Materials assets within the specific libraries
# RULE "Access to Materials within the specific library"
# IF
#   attribute "Material Library Type" match AND
#   resource type equal "asset"
# THEN
#   grant "entity.write"

If you encounter any issues, please contact our Support team for additional information
Note: Some systems may already have the Security Rule in place and no further action is required.


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This content is anticipated for release on our Production E3 environments, and for Private Cloud customers on our deferred release schedule, in March 2023.

Further Details

Usability Improvements

A link to the Ideas Portal has been added to the user menu options to allow users to submit their ideas for the product.

Usability Improvements

Chemistry

Non limiting reagents can now be added as an amount ratio relative to the limiting reagent. The amount ratio can be defined as w/w, i.e. grams per gram of limiting reagent, v/v, i.e. milliliters per milliliter of limiting reagent, w/v, i.e grams per milliliter of limiting reagent, or v/w, i.e. milliliters per gram of reagent. The additional column is hidden by default but can be shown if desired.

Chemistry

The chemist can also capture a snapshot of their planned amounts. The “Record Planned Amounts” control will capture a snapshot of the current Sample Mass, Volume, Moles, Eq and Amount Ratio in equivalent read only planned amount fields. The Clear Planned Amounts will remove the values, or using Record Planned Amounts again will update the values.

Chemistry


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.


Usability Improvements

The dashboard widgets for “Open”, “In Review”, “Awaiting Your Review” and “Rejected” have been extended to show objects of type Parallel Experiment and Admin Defined Object.

Usability Improvements

The append template functionality for samples is being expanded to include personal templates from experiment type objects.

Usability Improvements

Inventory

Containers display Structures/Images of Material instead of the default container icon.
Before:

Inventory

After:

Inventory

The only time the default container icon is shown is when there is no structure or image associate with the container.

Locations are now case insensitive and weighted so that the most relevant options appear at the top of the list.
Before:

Inventory

After. Now the lower-case version shows the Location options:

Inventory

The most relevant options are at the top of the list:

Inventory

Integrations & APIs

Two endpoints have been enhanced to allow a developer to programmatically update a chemical sample from a reactant or product in a ChemDraw Document. The PATCH/stoichiometry/{eid}/{rowID} endpoint now has a parameter syncUpdateToSample which will force a related Sample to be updated from the reactant or product. The PATCH/samplesTables/{samplesTableId}/rows endpoint also allows Samples to be updated via their stoich ID.

Integrations & APIs

Various endpoints have also been extended to support both Greek μ (u03BC) and micro µ (u00B5) characters. Export is always using Greek μ (u03BC).

Two endpoints have been added to enable developers to change the Status of Tasks from Submitted to Cancelled. The endpoints GET/tasks/tasksTable/{tasksTableId}/rows and PATCH/tasks/tasksTable/{tasksTableId}/rows allows Task status to be updated.

Integrations & APIs

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Plate, xlsx and data tables can now be imported from Signals Notebook into Signals VitroVivo. When using Signals VitroVivo 3.2 users can now access the plates, xlsx files and data tables from Signals Notebook to be used in Signals VitroVivo analysis:
To import xlsx files in the Data Source step, select Signals Notebook Experiment from the drop down:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Name the Table:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Select the desired xlsx files from the Signals Notebook Experiment:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Associate the Plate, Row, Column and Features as appropriate for the data and continue the workflow:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Toggle the Signals Notebook Plates slider to select plates from a connected experiment:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Select Signals Notebook from the Populate Editable Data Grid:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Select the table from Signals Notebook to use:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Select the Save data as and continue with workflow:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Users can also publish results in PDF or zip file format from Signals VitroVivo back into Signals Notebook. When the workflow is complete choose to Publish the option. A new option will appear, select Publish to Signals Notebook:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

The Target Experiment and Report Name will be provided. Publish the report to Signals Notebook:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

The experiment will be updated with a pdf and a zip file with the data:

Signals VitroVivo® Integration

Signals Inventa® Integration

Signals Notebook now allows administrators to integrate the Compounds Library with Signals Inventa. Administrators need to set up a secret key in Signals Notebook and in return are provided with a connection string. This string is used to connect Signals Inventa to the Signals Notebook integration channels.

Signals Inventa® Integration

The administrator can then activate the integration with Signals Inventa. Existing items in the library will be sent, and Signals Inventa will also be informed when new items in the library are added or existing items are edited or deleted.

Signals Inventa® Integration

This integration requires Signals Inventa v3.2 or above. Access to the data streams and mapping of the properties is managed within Signals Inventa itself.

Signals Inventa® Integration
Signals Inventa® Integration


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.


Configuration Transfer

The Admin Audit Trail has been updated to provide an improved display of the report of the Configuration transfer. This report reflects the report given to the administrator at the time of import.

Configuration Transfer

The Conflict resolution workflow has also been extended to cover Security Policy, External Data Sources, External List Sources, External Actions, Materials, Chemistry Settings, System Groups, Users, Inventory, Roles and Privileges for System Objects.


Materials

Administrators can enable registration functions from the Materials Table. When the option to enable is selected, the administrator then chooses duplicate checking rules that users will abide by as well as columns to display. Note that required fields must be displayed if registration is enabled and that the menu option “Display Table” has been renamed to Material Table. Currently the Compounds and Reagents (SNB) libraries cannot have table registration enabled.

Materials

When this option is enabled for a given library, the Materials Table will appear with cells that can be populated by users. While having a different appearance, the table still performs look up functions of the existing Materials Table. In this beta release the table supports registration of one Material per round. To create a new material the user must populate all required fields before selecting “Register”.

Materials

Users may also edit and update items that have been created in the table or looked up from the Materials Library via the table. Users simply select the “Edit Material” option and can update data. All changes are synchronized to the Materials Library upon editing.

Materials

If a Material is edited outside of the table (e.g. via the Smart Folder) a notification will display informing the user that they may optionally update the information in the table to the latest information in the Materials Library. The “Update” option is in the same menu.

Materials


Hierarchical Attributes

As part of the Hierarchical Attributes feature, administrators can now load attribute lists and link parent and child lists via csv upload. A template csv can be downloaded. If a parent list is selected, the parent values will be included in the first column of the template csv.

Tasks and Requests

The csv upload overwrites manually written values or linkages with the values in the csv. Values in the child list column that are associated with a valid parent value are imported and associated to the appropriate parent value. Values in the child list column that do not have a matching parent value are still imported. These “orphan values” just are not associated with a parent value.

Linked parent and child attribute lists can now be added to the Properties for Tasks and Samples. In the property definition page, if a Parent attribute list is used as a property, the admin can link the child property to an available parent. If more than one instance of the parent attribute list is used, all available potential parents will appear in the dropdown. The admin can also delete the selected parent on the dropdown to leave the "Parent" field blank and allow the attribute list to function without the parent/child relationship.

Tasks and Requests

Once linked a Hierarchical Attribute icon appears next to the property identifying the link. These properties can then be added to Task or Sample templates as usual.

Tasks and Requests

Hierarchical attributes can also be added and linked as columns in ADTs.

Tasks and Requests


Hierarchical Attributes can also be added to the Material Record definition and linked through the same process. For materials, only saved parent attributes will be available selection on the material definition page.

Configuration Transfer

Once linked a Hierarchical Attribute icon appears next to the field/property identifying the link.

Configuration Transfer

On the End User side, if a user selects the child list field without entering a parent value, the list of available values in the dropdown include all values in the child list.

Hierarchical Attributes

If the user fills in the correct parent value, the child value remains. If the user fills in a different parent value, the child value is removed.
If a user selects a parent value first, the values available in the child dropdown are filtered to only show those associated with the chosen parent values

Hierarchical Attributes

If the HA relationship is removed or changed after the user has entered the values and the user does not select the fields after the association change, the values are not altered. If the user edits the values after the HA relationship is removed/changed, when the user selects the child field, the value blanks out and only child values associated with the indicated parent are available. When the user selects the parent field, if they select the correct parent for the child value, the child value will remain. If the incorrect parent for the child value is selected the child value blanks out.

If the experiment is copied, the recorded values are copied as well. If the user does not select the fields after the association change, the values are not altered. If the user edits the values, when the user selects the child field, the value blanks out and only child values associated with the indicated parent are available. Alternatively, when the user selects the parent field, if they select the correct parent for the child value, the child value will remain. If the incorrect parent for the child value is selected the child value blanks out.

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