Samples in SEEK refer to a broad category
- Sample: entity (material or data) that is converted into a new item (material or data) via a process (physical or computational).
- Material Sample: refers to a physical sample in the laboratory, examples include cell pellets, extracted biological material (DNA, protein, metabolites, patient, organism, tissue), plasmids, etc.
- Data Sample: refers to digital objects, these can include machine data from analysis of material samples, models, descriptions of plasmids, DNA sequences in digital format, Mass Spec Spectra, Gene Strings,
- Process: refers to defined activities (experimental protocols, data analysis, algorithms etc) that can be defined, explained and reported, that convert one sample into another. In essence this is an experiment. A process can only occur if a protocol and/or a standard operating procedure is associated with it.