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2General Information:
5This plugin imports raw data files and an experiment meta-data in the tab2mage specification into base 2. The tab2mage specification is provided by the microarray (link) informatics team at the EBI, Cambridge. The imported experiment can later be exported by the corresponding tab2mage export plugin. (link).
7The entry point for this plugin in base is the detail view page of an experiment. Hence, the user needs to create an experiment first and execute the plugin from this page by clicking on the import tab. The displayed wizards asked for the zip file containing the meta- data i.e. tab2mage file and the raw data files. Furthermore, the user’s  email server name could be specified to received notices of success or failure of the uploading or can be omitted to receive no message. 
12  - Place Tab2MageImporter.jar into the $BASE2_HOME/www/plugins/ directory on your BASE2 server.
13  - Install as new plugins and which are both contained in $BASE_HOME/www/plugins/Tab2MageImporter.jar.
15  1. In the BASE web client, go to Administrate -> Plugins -> Definitions.
16  2. Click New.
17  3. In the dialog that opens,
18    for class enter "".
19     for path enter the path to the plugin jar file, i.e. <BASE_HOME>/www/plugins/ Tab2MageImporter.jar
20  4. Click Save.
21  5. Click New again
22  6. In the dialog that opens,
23    for class enter "".
24    for path enter the path to the plugin jar file, i.e. <BASE_HOME>/www/plugins/ Tab2MageImporter.jar
25  7. Click Save.
26  The new plugins appears under the name "Tab2Mage Importer" and "AnnotationType and Cv Importer" respectively in the plugins list and are now ready for use.
27  8. Proceed to configure the "AnnotationType and Cv Importer" plugin. An example import file is provided here:
29  For other users to use the plugin as detailed in the next section, please share them to the appropriate users by manually setting the permissions on the item.
32  General Installation instruction is available at:
35 Use
37 Warning:
38  -- It is advisable not to execute the plugin as root but as a user with a specified quota.  The quota must be enough to store files and create base items.
39  --  re- running the import plugin without having deleted the previously created directory from the zip file will make the   Importer fail.
41  1. Platform supported  are: Affymetrix, Agilent, Genepix etc.
42  2. Create all the array design used in the experiment as the BASE administrator. Array Design must then be shared to everyone or a suitable group that all the target users belong.
43  3. Create tab2mage spreadsheet and zip it together with the raw data files  that make up the experiment. Note: no cdf file. Upload this file to your account on BASE (go to View -> Files -> Upload File). Image files may be supplied by the user and contained in the zip file.
44  Note: To avoid the laborious process of checking and formatting your tab2mage spreadsheet. Please use the example files: tab2mage- agilent, tab2mage- genepix and tab2mage- affymetrix, provided with the distribution as the spreadsheet template. For instance, the protocol section of your spreadsheet must have the protocol type specified.If not the plugin will fail.
45  4. To make sure you have all the required reporters and import configurations in place, import a single data file from the batch as a test first. 
46  5. If the previous step was successful, create a new experiment  and specify the raw data type ( remember only affymetrix, genepix and agilent  platfroms are supported) . Ensure that  the experiment is of the same data type as the data in the files you want to import. Click the import tab from the plugin menu, select Tab2Mage Importer and click Next.
47  6. Open the detail view of the newly created experiment and click on the import tab.
48  7. In the dialog that opens, leave the settings for Plugin and File format on auto-detect and click Next.
49  8 On the next screen, Select the batch file that contains the raw data files, the Tab2Mage text file and the image file if supplied  and  click Next.
50  9. On the next screen, the ZipFile and Experiment parameters should already be configured now (as indicated by the black cross against them). Enter the name of your Tab2Mage file as a value for the "Tab2Mage FileName with Extension" parameter.  Specify  your email server if you want to receive notification on the success or failure of your experiment loading and click Next.
51  10. On the next screen click Finish and wait for the job to complete. You will be shown the progress of the Tab2mage import in the dialog, with the page refreshing itself regularly.
53  When the import has finished, you can check and review the uploaded experiment by navigating thorughbase2 web client, using the menu. If you have provided your email server name. You would receive an email on status of the import.
55 ===========================================================
58  --Base 2.2.1 and above
59  --AnnotationTypeCvImporter Plugin – For loading annotation types. This must have a configuration that could import an annotation types (.txt) file.
60  --Reporter Importer - for loading reporter corresponding to the raw data file
61  --Reporter map importer – for adding features to array design
62  --Raw Data Importer Plugin – loads raw data. This must have a configuration that could import the raw data files.  Required for multi-channel experiments. The definition for the plug-in is available by default. The configuration should be done by administrator and shared to everyone or a suitable group that all the target users belong.
63  -- if  you want to use messaging, mail.jar and activation. jar for messaging is required- these jar files should be downloaded and copied to your base iinstallatiion claass path  /web-inf/lib folder.
65  Please ensure that you have used all the plugins above appropriately before running Tab2Mage importer. Further information on AnnotationTypeCvImporter is available  on Base2plugin website and for others, please read base2 documentation.
69  -- AffyArrayDesignImproter Plugin – for batch uploading affymetrix array designs.  Useful to upload all array design in one go.
72AnnotationTypes and Cv Importer
74  --the annotation type and cv loader plugin; nugo.plugins.CvAnnotationTypeImporter must be defined and configured. Both the plugin and it's configured object must be shared to the user running the Tab2MageImporter.  Defining and configuring the plugin should be done preferably by the administrator. The administrator should share the configuration to the users as well. Otherwise suitable plugin configurations cannot be found and the import would fail.
75  --A naming comparism of the annotation type in the flat file to the annotation type in base2 is actualized. Only non-existing annotation types are created.
78Email alert:
80To receive an email alert on the success or failure of your experiment loading,
82Windows users:
84  Your antivirus server and anti spam software may prevent you from sending email messages. This is because they must have been configured to block all application requiring connection to your email sever on port 25 (smtp).
85  If this happens, you can simply ask your administrator to allow your machine to connect to the email server using port 20.
87  The email alert should work on a linux / unix and may be mac machines.
89What is not supported
91Pooled experiments are not supported in this release. It would be supported in future releases.
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