We have resolved 186 ticketed new features, tasks, bugs, or
improvements. Significant improvements are listed below.
Animal Cell Lines
Introducing a new resource type is always exciting. We
have worked with multiple labs to establish what we hope will be a
flexible model for collecting key annotations pertaining to animal
Say goodbye to subscriptions. Everything is simply called a
share now. Collections are just like any other resource and
can actually nested as well. In short, creating resources is
faster and sharing is easier.
Disk Usage Monitor
While there is no official disk usage quota for the time being,
we have put in place tools for formal communities to monitor their
disk usage. This functionality will soon be coming to workgroups as
- New resource type – Cell Lines. In
addition to antibodies, vectors, documents and mice we have added a
new resource type for cell lines. You may fully annotate your
cell lines by including a description, source, characterization,
culture conditions and more. See examples:
- CHO-K1 (Chinese hamster ovary cell line)
- 4T1 (mouse mammary gland cell line)
- Ca Ski (human cervical cell line)
- New resource type –
Collection. Previously each resource had to
reside within a collection. Now the user may choose whether
or not to place a resource into a collection. The collection
is now another type of resource - add a collection and then add
resources to that collection.
- Create individual resources. Resources
may be created without placing them into a collection; however, the
option of organizing resources within collections is still
- Monitor your disk usage. From your
community dashboard page, click on the disk usage link in the
Community Statistics section and view the disk usage by file type
and your total disk usage.
- Testimonials. See what people are saying
about Labnodes by clicking on the Testimonials link in the footer
menu of the home page. Here’s one example: “It’s (Labnodes)
so, sooooo EASY! I love it.”
- Receive training and release
announcements. Choose whether you wish to receive
email announcements about training opportunities or release
- Interactive editing of community profile
image. We have added a new image editor that will
allow you to select the image orientation and crop community and
workgroup profile images.
- Homepage improvements. We have
re-organized our homepage to provide more information to describe
Labnodes. Don’t forget to login and check out your dashboard
for the latest information that pertains to you.
- Performance improvements. In order to
address performance issues, we have made a wide variety of
improvements to speed up the backend parsing times as well as
front-end content delivery. Some of these changes have
resulted in less “counts” being displayed throughout the site.
- VCSCB Landing Page Updates.
- Allow short names in LDAP searches. We now
support 2-character last name searches via LDAP.
- Layout and design updates.
- Workgroup default profile image. When creating
a new workgroup, if a user does not have a convenient photo to use,
a default workgroup profile image will be used instead. This
lessens the burden of looking for what was a required image.
- Print-friendly pages. Improvements were made
to support a wider range of browser print modes, mainly to do with
margins. Also, the Labnodes logo is now the default print
- Chiefs are now called Owners. We have
changed the name of the owner of a community from chief to owner.
Thus, the three Labnodes roles are now Owners, Leaders and
- Navigation click instead of hover. Due
to troubles keeping navigation items actively displayed, as a
result of a wandering computer mouse or touchpad, we have changed
the behavior of the navigation bar to respond to mouse-click
events. This also makes it easier for touch device users to
interact with the navigation bar.
- Community name added to Share Meetings
window. We added the name of the community when
viewing your shared meetings, for clarity of ownership. For
example, the shared meeting now reads, “Meetings – VCSCB
- Community acronyms added. The community
acronym has been added to resource/collection lists, for clarity of
- Latest members list expanded. Now you
may view all of the new Labnodes members, whether they are
affiliated to a formal community or not.
- Language improvements. We have
streamlined and improved vocabulary and semantics in order to
provide clearer and more user-friendly language.
- Share search field more visible. We have
moved the search field in the Share Resource window so that it is
easier to view and thus, easier to use.
- Update to antibody resource type
- New naming scheme. We have adopted
a new (and draft) naming nomenclature, in response to feedback
obtained from antibody experts at Vanderbilt. All antibodies
have been automatically renamed, since the names are built from the
resource metadata components.
- Clone ID/name - You may now record your
antibody clone name/ID when creating an antibody resource.
- Concentration field added.
- Primary vs. Secondary category. In
addition to monoclonal and polyclonal antibody types, you may now
create antibody resources for secondary antibodies.
- Antigen and antigen source lists
improved. Improvements were made to the controlled
vocabularies of these important components.
- Flexibility added to characterization form.
Images and protocols dropped as a requirement to adding a
- Reagent Resources Standardization – We have
made standardization efforts on the user interface and data models
for antibodies, cell lines, mouse strains and vectors. While
we have more to do, we think you will find these resources even
easier to use.
- Actions button drop down simplified. We
have made the Action items more succinct, and therefore easier and
quicker to use.
- Increased the number of
communities/view. The community listing page now
contains more communities/page, which minimizes scrolling down in
order to view more items.
- Radio buttons replace dropdown for resource
subtypes. Some resources, such as documents, have
subtypes. These subtypes are now visible (no longer a drop
down) on the Add a Resource form and selectable by a radio button,
thus reducing the action from two clicks to one.
- Community/Workgroup dashboard. The dashboard
has been revamped to more closely emulate the member dashboard,
thus providing a more consistent user experience.
- Support section in navigation. Users can
now quickly find help topics and support via a navigation bar
- Resource PDFs. PDF documents can be generated
on any resource a user can view, not just edit.
- Numerous minor fixes.
cellline.jpg - Added on August 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM by Jean-Philippe Cartailler
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