You will find three main tabs in OneLab. The Home tab, the Projects tab and the Devices tab. The tabs are accessible at the top middle of your screen.
The Projects tab consists of a search field, which you can use to find the project of your choice. You also have the possibility to organize your projects alphabetically, which makes finding your desired project easier.
A similar Quick access menu as on the Home tab is present, now listing ALL your projects and giving you the possibility to start a new project by clicking the + New project button. Automatically, when you design your first protocol, the software will use the user name you entered during the creation of your account to generate a project with the name “Your name’s workspace”. Finally, projects related to the subjects you chose when you first set up your lab will also be present here.
Projects are collections of protocols that are all organized together, such that it is easy to find back the protocols related to the same project. A project is thus similar to a folder.
You may archive or delete a project, by clicking the contextual menu button ( ⋮ ) in the bottom right part of each project.
Since each project contains a number of protocols related to the same subject, clicking on one of the project buttons, a new screen will appear that lists all the protocols that were designed for this specific project:
In this example, we clicked on the project called “E…’s workspace”. A superscript number appears just next to the “Protocols” title indicating the number of protocols currently present in the selected project. On the right side, next to the title, you can click the green button labelled “+ Design new” to design a new protocol (that will automatically be linked to the present project, i.e. “E…’s workspace”). You also have the option to import an OMP file: a local copy of a protocol file that will be uploaded to OneLab and will become directly available for future use.
In the list of protocols, part of a specific project, several pieces of information are highlighted:
- The protocol name (in this example “Existing protocol”) and the owner of the protocol. This part also shows how often this protocol was executed.
- When and by whom the protocol was modified or edited the last time.
- An “Execute” button, giving you the possibility to execute protocols directly from the list, instead of having to open the protocol first.
In addition the contextual menu button ( ⋮ ), gives the following options:
- Edit: opens the Protocol Designer such that the protocol can be edited.
- Archive: archives the protocol such that it is not available in this list anymore.
- Duplicate: copies the protocol, such that you have the possibility to keep an original copy, while changing/updating a new similar protocol.
- Export: you can save a local copy of your protocol as a ONP file on your own computer, such that you can share it with other people outside your OneLab lab.
- Delete: deletes your protocol permanently.
On the left hand side of the list of protocols, you have the option to access already executed Experiments as well. This will open a new screen, where a list of executed protocols is displayed:
Similarly to the protocols, a superscript number appears just next to the “Experiment report” title, indicating the number of experiments completed at the moment. The entry in the list shows several information:
- The status of the protocol (if it is completed or running).
- The protocol name that was executed (“Your protocol” in this example).
- When the protocol was executed and how long it took.
- The setup that was used to execute this protocol. This depends on the availability of devices connected to OneLab. In this example, “Your protocol” was executed manually.
The three execution modes available in OneLab are:
- Manual pipetting: You are guided through each pipetting step of the protocol by OneLab and you have to indicate when each step has been executed.
- Semi-automatic pipetting with Pipette+: You are guided through each pipetting step of the protocol by OneLab and due to the connectivity, OneLab identifies the current step of the protocol is and automatically advances through subsequent steps until the end of the protocol has been reached.
- Automatic pipetting with Andrew+: All you have to do is set up the experiment, following the guidance provided by OneLab, then Andrew+ will carry out each step of the protocol automatically.
Clicking on the contextual menu ( ⋮ ) allows you to go to the protocol or to archive the experiment report.
Also see the article “How to execute your protocol”.