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Table 1 Features of Handlebar and MetaBar

From: MetaBar - a tool for consistent contextual data acquisition and standards compliant submission

  Handlebar MetaBar
Focus Web-based lightweight LIMS for handling barcoded samples Web-based tool for consistent contextual data acquisition with barcoded samples
System requirements Operating system: Windows® or GNU Linux
Apache, Perl, PostgreSQL, OpenOffice or Microsoft® Excel®
Without local MetaBar server installation:
Operating system: Windows® Internet connection, web browser (e.g. Firefox), Microsoft® Excel® 2003 or higher
Optional: EPL barcode printer (e.g. a Zebra® TLP 2824)
With local MetaBar server installation:
Operating system: Windows® or GNU Linux
Apache, Java, Spring, jasig CAS, PostgreSQL, Microsoft® Excel® 2003 or higher
Coverage Metadata that emerges during sampling events and subsequent processing step data Contextual data that emerges during sampling events (other data optional)
Sample type templates Various One generic and extensible template
Input validation Done by the server Done by VBA® macros in the acquisition spreadsheet and on the server
Integration into data analysis tool set GenQuery http://www.megx.net
Export functions - GCDML, KML (for Google Earth)
Contextual data enriched sequence submission support - Export to MIGS/MIMS/MIENS and structured comment