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Big picture

Riffyn is designed to serve as an open platform for (1) experimental method design, (2) data capture and automated contextualization, (3) automated structuring and integration of data for mining and analytics, and (4) openly sharing methods and data.

Riffyn can serve as your laboratory data system of record. It permanently stores everything you put into it with 5X backup and 3X realtime failover redundancy. It has an audit log and is CFR 21 Part 11 compliant for preclinical and clinical data.

Open data ecosystem

Riffyn is designed to be an open ecosystem. You can access everything in Riffyn with just a web browser, and/or programmatically through a Web Application Program Interface (API). Either route gives you the ability to read and write data in structured, computable form. The API offers tremendous extensibility for data analytics and for integration with other data and automation systems.

Getting data in

Riffyn offers four primary routes for data capture:

  1. Manual data entry (much like a spreadsheet and with some unique features)
  2. File parsing (configurable parsing of Excel, Tab and CSV files of almost any shape and size)
  3. Data Agent (live data capture from relational databases, like MySQL, and data historians, like OSI Pi Server)
  4. API (RESTFUL API for programmatic reading and writing of data to/from other data and automation systems, or analytical pipelines)

Data analysis

The magic of Riffyn SDE is that it automatically integrates and assembles all of your data for visualization and analysis across time, operation, scientific domain, and collaborating teams. But it may come as a surprise that Riffyn SDE has limited built-in data analytics and visualization. This is intentional — we believe there are a huge number of awesome tools already out there for analysis (JMP®, Spotfire, Tableau, Minitab, R, Jupyter, Spark,... the list goes on). Why reinvent the wheel?

So we prioritized making your data instantly available to these external programs in a form that's ready for visualization and machine learning. You can get your data by clicking Export within the browser UI, or making a call to the API to fetch the same data. Then you can pipeline it directly into your favorite analysis too.

If you have some flexibility on your choice of analysis tool, Riffyn strongly recommends JMP®. After 15 years working with scientific data, we think JMP offers more than just about any other analysis tool. We also built a powerful RiffynTools AddIn package for JMP that automates many of the most common scientific data analyses and actions — everything from plate data normalization to pivoting to hit-picking and tagging of data.

If you like to use other tools, that's great too. We offer AddIns for Spotfire and Tableau and will add more in the future. Just make sure you have at least one data analysis package to pair with Riffyn that is NOT Excel!  (Excel is just not up to the job of deep data analysis in today's world.)

And btw, over the coming months and years, we'll build in more and more data analysis tools into Riffyn — not to reinvent the wheel, but to give you faster and more seamless access to key tools for interpretation and decision support.

Start simple

When making your first new process and experiment start simple! We have found that new users get going faster, learn faster, and gain more value faster with less effort when they start with modest initial processes and experiments, or even just capturing a portion of a larger experimental process. 

It's like any new thing, take baby steps and gain some success on something small and easy before trying to tackle the complex. For example, make a single step process to capture your final assay data. Once that's working, add a few upstream sample prep steps and reactions to capture more of your experimental process. You'll be building confidence and a useable dataset of increasing sophistication the whole way along.

Keep learning

  • Read a few help pages, particularly the Getting Started section. An hour spent upfront on orientation may save you many hours later.
  • Browse or search the Best Practices and FAQa
  • Use In-App help while you work. 
  • Check out public processes. (Click on the "Public" filter in the sidebar.)
  • Use the discussion forums to post questions and help each other with best practices, solutions and ideas

Help improve Riffyn SDE

We never stop working to make Riffyn SDE better, easier, more powerful. You can track our roadmap, see what we've already upgraded in the release notes, and send us feedback via this form, or email to support@riffyn.com with your ideas and requests.  We take your suggestions very seriously.

 

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