The Phenotype Database is a web-based software tool suitable for storing study information.
In TraIT, this tool was chosen for the central storage of molecular (biological) studies, in particular studies which involve non-highthroughput molecular profiling (NHTMP) techniques. In addition, studies within this tool can be shared with other users, thereby providing easy access to collaborating parties. Phenotype Database is not a digital labjournal, but should be used to describe successful experiments that a user may want to publish or share.
One of the main features of Phenotype Database is its use of templates to describe various parts of a study, such as: basic Study design, Subject information, Events (e.g. measurements on molecular/biological material) and Sample particulars. These templates are essential and, through them, it is possible to store detailed information for each part of the study. Some templates are already available from the TraIT Phenotype Database for direct use, but it is certainly also possible to create your own templates in order to describe the necessary information for your own study. The more extensive the fields in the templates, the better the traceability and reproducibility of similar experiments and results. For experimental data, minimal information guidelines are heavily recommended.
The tool originates from the European Nutrigenomics Organization (NuGO), but other parties such as The Netherlands Metabolomics Centre (NMC), The Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC), European Micronutrient Recommendations Aligned (EURECCA), TNO Quality of Life (TNO), Nutrition, Metabolism and Genomics Group (Nutrigenomics), The Netherlands Toxicogenomics Centre (NTC), Plant Research International (PRI), The National Centre for Toxicological Research (NCTR), the Human Nutrition Research Centre of Aging (HNRCA) and The Hyve have since contributed to its development .
Information on the tool and its source-codes, the community, as well as planned future events can be found on the website of The Phenotype Foundation.
For further questions regarding this tool, please contact the CTMM-TraIT ServiceDesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.