Prism Wrapper in Scirex Starting to Take Shape

Last weeks blog entry described a tool for importing GraphPad Prism results and charts into Scirex. Now the user experience as greatly improved, with the Prism data being displayed before the upload so that you can check that it’s been extracted correctly – and soon, it will provide more help in linking Prism content to other data in the database, enabling better data sharing, browsing and traceability.

New Look

The most immediately obvious change to the PrismWrapper is that it has an updated look, in the same style as the Scirex website:

Importing Prism Data

The Import File dialog at first looks very simple with a single button for selecting a file. However, once you select a Prism file, the PrismWrapper application will execute Prism, run analyses, export results and charts, then load the results and show them, like this:

This is a major change, compared to the first prototype: You can now see the data imported from Prism and check them before you upload. You can also add extra information about the assay, as shown in the Experiment Info panel above.

If you click the Show Details button, you can see more details about each curve fitting result: The data points, a larger chart, standard error and confidence interval:

Uploading Results to Scirex

Now that you have imported the Prism file, the Import File button has been replaced by a Create Step button:

When you click Create Step, the data will be uploaded to Scirex, and the PrismWrapper will launch your web browser and show the Step details page for the newly created step:

In the Scirex website, you can find all the uploaded data, including the data series, curve fit results and charts.

Next Steps

Over the next few weeks, we will demonstrate additional functionality for this Prism Wrapper module in Scirex, including:

  • Summarizing data from many experiments
  • Automatically running Prism with raw data uploaded to Scirex, saving you of the time spent rearranging data to fit Prism, creating the Prism file etc.
  • Specifying additional experiment info, e.g. target, receptor, antigen, various other experimental conditions, instrument ID etc.

Creating the Prism file automatically not only saves you time, but also protects you from manual data processing errors and enables easier tracking of raw data files by linking the fitting results and the data series to the imported raw data files.

The next entry in this series, demonstrating auto-generation of Prism files based on assay setup in Scirex, will be out by the end of November.