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    November 20, 2012

    CDD Vault Update: Say Hello to the New API

    For those of you that have been eagerly awaiting a way to connect your CDD data repository to other applications— the beta version of the API is here for your testing and coding pleasure! In addition to the Application Programming Interface, we've also updated the search results display and the handling of units of measurement.

    Details by Default

    When searching, the results will now display all batch and replicate readouts on separate table rows by default.

    Details_by_default

    You still have the option to switch to the "batch/run" or "summary" display mode by using the "Customize your report" link above the result table.

    Display_options

    Units of Measurement

    We have introduced a concept of "data type", and streamlined the units of measurement handling when defining readouts in a protocol.

    Data_types

    The "data type" is required when defining a new readout, while the "unit" field is now free-form and optional. No more scrolling through a long list!

    Units_of_measurement

    Data types include:
    • Number can store any numeric value, as well as permitted numeric modifiers (=, +/-, >, >=, <, <=). This is the preferred data type for most experimental measurements. You can specify the units of measurement when choosing this data type, and this unit label will be displayed together with the readout definition name throughout CDD. For example: "IC50 (μM)".
    • Integer is the same as Number, except any decimal fraction will be rounded off when you import data.
    • Text can contain any alphanumeric value, and will be searched as text strings. If you plan to search your data by numeric ranges (e.g. >1 or <10), you should use the "Number" data type instead.
    • Reference is a special data type that allows you to cite PubMed and other references stored in your CDD reference module.

    CDD API

    The CDD API is currently in beta, but is available for you, the eager crowds of testers! This release allows you to programmatically access a saved search. Here are the basic requirements:
    1. An administrator of the vault must enable API access (under the “Manage Vault” tab)
    2. You create an API key (under “Account”)
    3. You use this key to connect to the API via HTTPS, programmatically accessing the results of saved searches

    Api_keys

    Head over to the Support Portal to see the full API documentation. This beta release of the API is available to all users; please contact sales if you are interested in using it long-term.

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