STAR (formerly known as Marine STAR) will develop a web-based interface to provide easy access to sample information from the NIST Biorepository. Information will include, but is not limited to, sample availability, chemical analysis status and results, and links to publications. Metadata associated with each sample and subsample, such as sample collection and status, is maintained by the NIST Biorepository in a relational database, Freezerworks Unlimited. These records will be linked with STAR to provide a complete history of each sample maintained in the biorepository from time of collection through the reporting of final analytical results. Providing information regarding samples collected and stored in the NIST Biorepository will enhance community engagement and more broadly connect information regarding environmental contaminants to stakeholders at all levels. Tying together the various types of data generated by NIST will enable powerful cross-disciplinary analyses of the state of environmental health. It is hoped this will spur intra- and extramural research questions at much broader scales than is currently possible, enabling community and ecosystem level investigations.
The scope for this project at the current time is strictly focused on information related directly to the NIST Biorepository. This includes:
- housing and retrieval of metrology data (including associated QA measurements and contextual information regarding how data were collected),
- streamlining sample metadata recording and storage (currently manually input and housed in FreezerWorks Unlimited),
- linking of metrology and sample metadata,
- generating data suitable to browser-based data exploration and visualization, and
- generating data reports in a manner to support statistical testing.
Care will be used in developing underlying data structures to enable application of the STAR framework more broadly.