SpecimenCatalog: Sharing Data with Researchers

Most biobanks struggle with improving “utilization ratios” of their collections. The utilization ratio is the ratio of the specimen collected vs. distributed – which is critical for a biobank’s “sustenance.”

SpecimenCatalog helps with sharing biospecimen data with researchers.

It provides an easy-to-use interface for researchers to look for specimens of interest and submit requests. Catalogs can be created based on various conditions such as specimen type, pathological conditions, clinical diagnosis, etc.

The researchers can access each Catalog using its URL. The researchers can choose the desired specimens using various filters, add them to the cart, and place specimen requests. The Request Admins receive notifications for new Requests and can further process them.

The SpecimenCatalog module not only saves time and efforts of both biobank and researchers, but it also takes care of the specimen disposal process after distribution.

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SpecimenCatalog Highlights

  • Create multiple Catalogs – based on diseases and research needs
  • Control access to the Catalog through the login
  • Manage/Track specimen requests by various researchers
  • Download reports for the specimen requests
  • Can be shared with researchers who do not have OpenSpecimen

Request Workflow

A researcher can shortlist the specimens using the “easy to use” catalog user interface and add these specimens to a Cart. Once ready, the research can fill in a “request form” customized for this Catalog.

The Request Admins can review the Request and approve/reject them.

Uploading Data

Multiple groups/labs can upload data into the Catalog using the CSV Import feature – even from groups not using OpenSpecimen.

It is also possible to configure the dataset dictionary with SpecimenCatalog based on the disease and research needs of the institute.

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