By Miriam Goldfarb posted 12-20-2018 11:25


BSI continually strives to enhance and streamline functionality so that users can spend less time on the computer and more time with their specimen collections. Most recently, we’ve released a few enhancements and are excited to share how to incorporate them into your workflow.


People who regularly work in the Locations manager are probably familiar with the three tabs associated with each box, rack, shelf, and MSC container type:  

  • The Parameters tab shows the properties of the container.
  • The Layout tab displays the location of each specimen within the container.
  • The Contents tab is a table view of specimen locations.

Locations manager.png

With the most recent BSI update, users can now add more information to the Contents tab by simply right-clicking on a column header and selecting the Hide/Show Columns option.  When Hide/Show Columns is selected, users are able to add any of the specimen fields to the table. They can also arrange the columns in an order that is useful to them. Once arranged, users can save the configuration so that it is the same view for any box. In this way, each user can set up their preferences for the Box Contents view.

specimen tube.jpgReports

A small change to the Reports manager has made a big impact for users who need to find multi-choice field information. In BSI, a multi-choice field is one in which a user can assign one or more values to a field. Traditionally, users could report on specific values in multi-choice fields but with this recent enhancement, users can now create reports that either do or do not contain null values for multi-choice fields. For example, on a particular date, some vials contained a preservative, a diluent, and some sort of additive. Other vials contained none of these Vial Modifiers. A researcher can now report on specimens with no Vial Modifier values or find only those vials that have populated modifier values.

User Configuration Templates

BSI has proudly released a faster way for Local or System Administrators to set up user accounts. This enhancement is called User Configuration Templates and it is located in the User Administration manager as a new tab. Simply put, User Configuration Templates are a way for administrators to save a set of preferences. For example, a lab manager wants all users in their repository to have the same preferences such as which manager tabs open at login, what fields are displayed in a box layout view, and which label template should be the default. To do this, the administrator creates a User Configuration Template, saves it, and applies it to each user’s account. Users will still be able to update their own preferences as necessary.user configuration manager.png

As mentioned, enhancements in BSI are designed to help streamline your workflow so that data capture is straightforward. With the addition of an updated contents tab, users can now display the most pertinent fields. Expanded report capabilities means that users can find data more efficiently and when needed, user configuration templates allow administrators to set up user preferences quickly. For additional BSI features and functionality, visit the BSI Users Guide or contact the BSI support team.