Trial Manager - Overview

Trial Manager is a KDXplore plug-in that enables users to manage trials, traits, and tags. There are also tools for creating barcodes and connecting to the KDDart Database. Trial Manager can connect to KDSmart devices for data transfers, even without the access to internet. The purpose of this overview page is to outline some of the most important UI elements of Trial Manager.


Trial Manager Main Window

The Trial Manager Main Window contains three main tabs for trials, traits, and tags. The image below is of the KDXplore Main Window and is opened to the Trials Tab. Each tab contains different tools for the management of data and the following sections will outline what can be done in each tab.


Trial Manager Main Window
Trial Manager Main Window (select to zoom)


Trials Tab

The Trials Tab contains all information for each trial in Trial Manager, along with tools for the management of these trials. The image and list below provides information on the most important elements of the Trials Tab:


Trials Tab
Trials Tab (select to zoom)


Main Elements of the Trials Tab
Item UI Element Description
circle1 trials_btn Trials Tab Displays all trials currently in Trial Manager and provides tools to manage these trials.
circle2 Trials Panel Lists the trials available within Trial Manager. Selecting a trial in this panel will display its information in the other panels.
circle3 Trial Details Panel Displays trial details for the selected trial.
circle4 Uses Traits Panel Lists the traits that are used in the selected trial.
circle5 Measurements Panel Lists the measurements in the trial by the source i.e. which KDSmart device was used to take the trait measurements.


Trials Panel

The Trials Panel is the primary interface for managing trials in Trial Manager. It lists all trials currently available in KDXplore, and provides options for importing, editing, organising, and deleting trials.


Trials Panel
Trials Panel (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Trials Panel
UI Element Description
trials_btn Trials Tab This tab being highlighted indicated that it is currently selected
import_btn Import Button Provides options for importing new trials.
add_btn Add Button Create a new trial or trial bundle.
edit_btn Edit Bundle Button Edit any selected trial bundle including adding or removing trials from that bundle.
delete_btn Delete Button Delete trials from KDXplore and shift-click to delete the trial’s traits as well. Please note that trials imported from KDDart will not be deleted from the online database but only from KDXplore’s offline database.
filter_btn Filter Button Opens a search field where text can be entered to filter trials.
trial_grp_btn Trial Grouping Button Provides grouping options to organise trials.


Trial Details Panel

Trial details are presented when a trial in the Trials Panel is selected. The details that are presented will be different depending on the source of the trial such as from the KDDart Database, a local file, or from KDSmart.


Trial Details of a Trial from KDSmart
Trial Details of a Trial from KDSmart (select to zoom)



Trial Details of a Trial from KDDart
Trial Details of a Trial from KDDart (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Trial Details Panel
UI Element Description
trial_info_btn Trial Info Button Refreshes trial information from KDDart.
seed_btn Seed Button Opens the Seed Preparation Wizard for preparing seeds for planting.
edit_btn Edit Current Trial Button Opens the Curation Window to curate data collected for the trial.
upload_btn Upload Button Upload the trial to KDDart.
harvest_btn Harvest Button Opens the Harvest Wizard for harvesting specimens.
barcode_btn Barcode Button Provides options to generate barcodes and download them in CSVs. These CSV files are used to generate scannable barcodes for plots, sub-plots, and traits.
Edit Button This button has no icon but is the disabled button in the top-right corner of the above two images. It allows users to edit some values of the trial details such as the trial name or planting date. If the value in the attribute column in blue then the value in that row is editable in KDXplore.

Note

Please note that the Seed Preparation Wizard and the Harvest Wizard are still in an alpha state.


Uses Traits Panel

The Uses Traits Panel lists the traits within a selected trial and further information on each trait including the trait descriptions and data validation rules.


Uses Traits Panel
Uses Traits Panel (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Uses Traits Panel
UI Element Description
trait_order_btn Trait Order Button Opens the Change Scoring Order Window where users can choose the order that these traits are scored in the field.
add_btn Add Traits Button Opens the Add Traits Window where any available traits on KDXplore can be added to the trial.
minus_gold_btn Remove Traits Button Removes the selected trait from the trial. Multiple traits can be selected for removal at the same time.
refresh_btn Refresh Button Refreshes trait and trial data of the trial.


Measurements Panel

The Measurements Panel provides information on the collected samples of a trial. The example of the image below contains three sets of samples: the Curated Column with a fraction and percentage of the plots that have been curated for that trait; the For Scoring Column is a scoring set that has been created for export to KDSmart; and the Galaxy S6 Column is the scored samples that have been imported from KDSmart.

Both traits (rows) and datasets (columns) can be selected for further actions such as in the example below.


Measurements Panel
Measurements Panel (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Measurements Panel
UI Element Description
minus_gold_btn Remove Traits Button Remove any selected traits from the trial.
export_btn Export Button Opens the Export Samples Window to export the selected samples or traits for a trial. Any scoring set can be exported to KDSmart for scoring.
add_btn Add Scoring Set Button Choose traits to create a scoring set.
delete_btn Delete Collected Samples Button Delete collected samples (the selected column).


Traits Tab

The Traits Tab contains all information for each trait in Trial Manager, along with tools for the management of these traits. The image and list below provides information on the most important elements of the Traits Tab:


Traits Tab
Traits Tab (select to zoom)


Main Elements of the Traits Tab
Item UI Element Description
circle1 traits_btn Traits Tab Displays all traits currently in Trial Manager and provides tools to manage these traits.
circle2 Traits Panel Lists the traits and trait bundles available in Trial Manager.
circle3 Used by Trials Panel Lists all of the trials that contain the selected trait.
circle4 Details Panel Lists the details of the currently selected trait including the trait name, alias, and level (plot or sub-plot level).


Traits Panel

The Traits Panel is the primary interface for managing traits in Trial Manager. It lists all traits currently available in KDXplore, and provides options for importing, editing, organising, and deleting traits.


Traits Panel
Traits Panel (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Traits Panel
UI Element Description
traits_btn Traits Tab This tab being highlighted indicated that it is currently selected
import_btn Import Button Provides options for importing new traits.
barcode_btn Barcode Button Provides options for generating and printing barcodes
add_btn Add Button Create a new trait or trait bundle.
edit_btn Edit Bundle Button Edit any selected trait bundle including adding or removing traits from that bundle.
upload_btn Upload Button Upload the trait to KDDart.
export_btn Export Button Export selected traits to a CSV file. A window will open which will provide these options.
lock_btn Lock Button Locks and unlocks editing for traits. Locking traits ensures that they cannot be changed after being used.
refresh_btn Refresh Button Refreshes any changes made to trait data.
filter_btn Filter Button Opens a search field where text can be entered to filter traits.
delete_btn Delete Button Delete traits or trait bundles from KDXplore.


Used by Trials Panel

The Used by Trials Panel displays the trial names that any selected trait is used in, along with the trial acronyms and planting date.


Used by Trials Panel
Used by Trials Panel (select to zoom)



Details Panel

The Details Panel lists the details of the currently selected trait including the trait name, alias, and level (plot or sub-plot level).


Details Panel
Details Panel (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Details Panel
UI Element Description
undo_btn Undo Button Undoes any changes made to the selected trait. This will be disabled if not applicable.
redo_btn Redo Button Redoes any undo action made on a selected trait. This will be disabled if not applicable.

Any attribute that is in blue can be edited if editing is unlocked. Double-click a value to open the Edit Trait Properties Window as seen in the image below. Values can be edited and then saved with the Save Button.


Edit Trait Properties Window
Edit Trait Properties Window (select to zoom)


Tags Tab

The Tags Tab contains all information for each tag in Trial Manager, along with tools for the management of these tags. The image and list below provides information on the most important elements of the Tags Tab:


Tags Tab
Tags Tab (select to zoom)


Main Elements of the Tags Tab
Item UI Element Description
circle1 tags_btn Tags Tab Displays all tags currently in Trial Manager and provides tools to manage these tags.
circle2 Tags Panel Lists the tags and tag bundles available in Trial Manager.
circle3 Details Panel Lists the details of the selected tags.


Tags Panel

The Tags Panel is the primary interface for managing tags in Trial Manager. It lists all tags currently available in KDXplore, and provides options for importing, editing, organising, and deleting tags.


Tags Panel
Tags Panel (select to zoom)


UI Elements of the Tags Panel
UI Element Description
tags_btn Tags Tab This tab being highlighted indicated that it is currently selected
import_btn Import Button Provides options for importing new tags.
add_btn Add Button Create a new tag or tag bundle.
edit_btn Edit Bundle Button Edit any selected tag bundle including adding or removing tags from that bundle.
upload_btn Upload Button Upload the trait to KDDart.
export_btn Export Button Export selected tags to a CSV file. A window will open which will provide these options.
filter_btn Filter Button Opens a search field where text can be entered to filter tags.
delete_btn Delete Button Delete tags or tag bundles from KDXplore.