GDV BIMS (Breeding Information Management System) is a Tripal module being developed by Mainlab Bioinformatics which allows users to explore the publicly available breeding data in GDV while also providing a data management solution for private breeding programs. BIMS is now available for breeders to create an account and start using it with the current functionality. It is being continuously developed and once complete it will provide individual breeders with a secure and comprehensive online breeding management system that allows them to store, manage and analyze their private data, fully integrated with publicly available genomic, genetic and breeding data within Tripal databases such as GDV.
The BIMS tool now supports the use of Field Book, an Android app developed by the Poland Lab at Kansas State University for collecting phenotype data in the field. Field Book is a free app that is available through the Google Play Store. It provides easy and customizable interfaces for entering all types of biological data. For more details about Field Book, please visit the developer's website to view the current manual and for more information.
In the following user manual sections we provide information on how to use the current version of BIMS, which will be updated as more functionalty becomes available. The manual provides information on how to access GDV BIMS, View Data, Search Data, Create a Breeding Program, Import Data, Manage Data using Field Book, and Archive Data. If you have any questions please use the GDV contact form. We will be holding monthly how to webinars and are happy to provide individual program training and guidance and solicit input on further development.
To access BIMS, simply click on the "Tools" menu (Fig. 1A) and then select "BIMS" (Fig. 1B). The BIMS interface will then open. Users can view and download public data from BIMS without an account, but will need a GDV user account to save the results. Access to private breeding data requires users to login with their GDV user account. To create a breeding program, users need to create a GDV account and use the contact form to request breeder access privileges.
Figure 1. How to access BIMS on GDV.