Naming conventions

FIMS naming conventions

Once tissues are available to be processed in the lab, they are divided into a batch, or batches, of tissues that will be processed together through the full laboratory pipeline (extraction through to sequencing). Each batch is also known as a “plate” or “dataset”, terms that will be used repeatedly throughout our instructions for the FIMS and LIMS. Specimen spreadsheets must be completed for each plate of tissues prior to their processing in the lab.

The SI Barcode Network creates the plate/dataset name from [Fiscal Year][Project Abbreviation]_P[Sequential Number]
Example: FY14DJBirds_P01 for the first plate/batch from the Djibouti Birds project from Fiscal Year 2014

This name will then be used for the:

  • Spreadsheet filename (FY14DJBirds_P01.xlsx)
  • Dataset Code in FIMS
  • extractionPlateID field in spreadsheet
  • and will also be incorporated in the plate names in the LIMS system (see below)

LIMS naming conventions

Extraction Plate:

[dataset code]_X[extraction attempt number]

Example: FY14DJBirds_P01_X01 for the first extraction plate from the plate/batch of samples in the dataset named “FY14DJBirds_P01”. If you were to re-extract DNA from all of the samples in FY14DJBirds_P01, then this second extraction plate would be called FY14DJBirds_P01_X02.

PCR Plate:

[dataset code]_PCR[PCR attempt number]_[fwd primer]_[rev primer]

Example: FY14DJBirds_P01_PCR01_dgLCO_dgHCO for a PCR reaction of the FY14DJBirds_P01 plate using primers dgLCO1490 and dgHCO2198. Subsequent PCRs should be named in chronological order regardless of the primer set used. For example if a second PCR was completed for this plate it would be named FY14DJBirds_P01_PCR02_Fprimername_Rprimername.

Cycle Sequencing Plate:

[dataset code]_Seq[Sequencing attempt number]_[primer used]_[F or R]

Examples: FY14DJBirds_P01_Seq01_dgLCO_F for the cycle sequencing plate for the forward strand using the dgLC01490 primer; and FY14DJBirds_P01_Seq01_dgHCO_R for the reverse strand using the dgHCO2198 primer.