Every specimen can be processed, e.g. for preparation or preservation. Processings can be applied to a specimen or a part of a specimen. In the hierarchy for the parts the processings are indicated by the icon and a blue text. If there are any processings available, they will be indicated by the icon in the tool bar. Please keep in mind that the availability of the processings depend upon the material category and the current project as described below. You can hide or show the processings in the hierarchy with a click on the icon in the very left bar (see below). The images below show a processing in the collection and the specimen tree for the parts respectively.

You can enter a new processing for either the entire specimen or a part of the specimen. To do this select the specimen or part in the hierarchy and choose a processing from the list as shown below.

The duration of the processing is saved in ISO 8601 format by default indicated by the ISO icon with separate fields for year to second (see below). To change to text format, click on the ISO icon that will change to ISO and the separate fields will be replaced by a text box containing the value. If separate fields are only available if the value is in ISO 8601 format. If the start date for the processing is given the processing duration can be set via the calender. In case of the ISO format selected this will be translated into the corresponding period. In case of the ISO format deselected the date will be inserted. See a short introduction for an overview:

To delete a processing select it and click on the button. To edit the data for a processing select it in the hierarchy. The window will show you the fields related to the processing. You may add methods for the processing as defined in section Method

(If you previously used any tools defined in the tool section, these are deprecated and replaced by methods).



If you have the required rights you may edit the processing types in the menu entry Administration - Processing...

In this window you can define the processings used in your collection. To add a new processing click on the button, to delete a processing select it and click on the button. The processings are related to material categories within the database. To add a new material category or projects, which should be connected to the selected processing, click on the button in the panel right of the material categories or the projects. A window will open where you need to select the desired material category or project respectively (see below).

The processing types are organized in a hierarchy. Some of the entries may only serve for structuring as Maceration in the example below and should not be used to document the processing of specimen parts. To ensure this check the checkbox [Only hierarchy]. For the import and export of data it is sometimes necessary to know the ID's of the analysis types. To see the ID's of the data sets click on the ID button. The ID's will then be displayed as in the image shown below.

Besides of a plain text description of the processing, you may insert methods as defined in the chapter Methods. Use the and buttons to add or remove methods from the list (see below). The added methods will be marked with sequential number to allow several methods of the same type. Every method may have several parameters that will automatically be available to take your values. If the definitions of the parameters have been changed, you may add missing parameters with the button. A window will open where you can select the missing parameters you want to add.

To view the history of a data set, click on the button. A window with the history will open. For more details see the section History.

The data of the processing is stored in the table CollectionSpecimenProcessing.