There are three main areas of the BIMS interface. The first part is the header region (Fig. 2A) which displays the current program, allows users to change their selected program, has a link to the CottonGen homepage (Site Home), and displays the user name. The second part of the interface is the accordion menu on the left side (Fig. 2B). This menu allows users to switch between different sections of the BIMS program. The last region is the tab region (Fig. 2C) and this is where users primarily interact with BIMS. Each tab in BIMS has an "Instructions" section that can be expanded by clicking on it. The "Instructions" have information on how to use that tab.
Figure 2. The main parts of the BIMS interface
To view data that has already been loaded into BIMS, you first need to select a breeding program (Fig. 3A). Once selected, the program name will appear in the header of the BIMS window (Fig. 3A). You can change the program by clicking on the "Program" button next to the program name, then selecting a different program from the Manage Program window (Fig. 3B). Details of the selected program will be displayed once a new selection is made (Fig. 3C).
Figure 3. Selecting a Program in BIMS
Once the program has been loaded, you can explore data that has been loaded into BIMS by clicking on the "Manage Breeding" section of the accordion menu. Under "Manage Breeding" there are links to view information about the Program, Trait, Location, Cross, Accession, and Trial. To view information about a certain trait, click on "Trait" (Fig. 4A) and the "Manage Trait" tab will appear. In that tab, click on the trait of interest (Fig. 4B). Once a trait is selected, the "Trait Details" will be displayed (Fig. 4C). If you are viewing data from a private breeding program, you can also edit the information for all the items under Manage Breeding. Breeders with private breeding programs will also see an "Actions" section under the details window. The "Actions" section allows breeders to edit the properties or delete the item.
Figure 4. Selecting and viewing Trait Details
You can also view information specific to multiple data types, such as Trait data from a particular trial within a program. For example, in Figure 5 we are viewing E1 (%) trait data that is only from the CS10 trial of the US National Cotton Germplasm Collection Evaluations program. To do this, you would select Trial from the accordion menu (Fig. 5A) and then "NCGC germplasm evaluation, CS10" and click "View" in the tab area, then select Trait from the accordion menu (Fig. 5A) and finally choose E1 (%) from the tab area (Fig. 5B). Details will be displayed to the left (Fig. 5C).
Figure 5. Viewing data specific to multiple data types
For the "Cross", "Accession", and "Trial" data types, the data details are accessed the same way. First select the data type under "Manage Breeding" (Fig. 6A), then select one of the names (Fig. 6B), and then the details will appear (Fig. 6C). For these data types, in the "Details" section there is also a "View" button that opens another tab that displays further statistics/data.
Figure 6. Location details