ArDB is a powerful software tool designed to make it easier for anaylsts to build, organize and manage databsaes of their analytical results.

If you still have any questions about ArDB then please take a look though our Frequently Asked Questions below to see if you can find a useful response. If you do not find the answer that you are looking for then please do not hestiate to contact us.

Is ArDB only for stable isotope analysis?

No. ArDB is designed to support a variety of different analytical result types, including stable isotopes.

ArDB was originally concieved as a way of allowing our stable isotope customers to create and populate their own database of results. One common application included the ability to classify "unknown" samples against a database of known "authentic" samples.

Stable isotope analysis is nearly always a complimentary analysis to other analytical techniques such as ICP-MS, TIMS, GC-MS, etc.

We therefore quickly realised that we would need to develop a tool that would meet the requirements of a broad range of different anlytical techniques.

ArDB brings all of your analytical results into a single database for simpler management and analytics. 

How do I go about installing the Enterprise version of the software?

The enterprise ArDB server can be installed onto a PC by following our detailed installation instructions.

We can also offer to install the ArDB server via remote access. See the Consultancy page for more information.

What payment methods do you accept?

Currently all ArDB products are only available directly from our distributor network.

Please contact your local distributor for pricing information.

We are working on making the ArDB products purchasable online.

I already have a database of results. Can I import it to ArDB?

Yes, it is possible to perform a bulk import of your existing data into ArDB.

Data should be in an .xls/.xlsx format.

To help ensure that the migration and implementation of your database into ArDB is handled correctly, we are able to offer a consultancy package which includes remote support from our team of experts to help get you running as soon as possible. Check out the Consultancy page for more information.

Is ArDB a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)?

No. ArDB is not a LIMS system.

ArDB contains your final calibrated results and associated sample information.

ArDB handles post-analysis data analytics rather than handling your entire laboratory workflow.

Can I export my data from ArDB?

Yes. It is possible to export your data at any time from ArDB using the "Export to Excel" feature.

This allows you to export all or a filtered view of your data.

Once your data is exported you can optionally perform further analysis by using an additional statistical / graphical package of your choice such as Python, Matlab, SPSS, R, etc...

What are the minimum PC specifications?

Whether using the enterprise or the cloud version of ArDB server, the ArDB Desktop Client must be installed on a PC that meets the following minimum specification:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10
  • At least 2GHz x84 or x64 quad-core processor
  • At least 4GB RAM
  • At least 2GB available storage
  • Good internet / network connection
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 must be installed
  • Good graphics card is recommended for performance rendering of charts and maps

The enterprise ArDB server must be installed on a PC that meets the following minimum specification:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10 professional
  • At least 2GHz x64 quad-core processor (x84 is not supported)
  • At least 4GB RAM
  • At least 60GB available storage
  • Good network / internet connection
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 must be installed
  • Internet Information Services (IIS) windows feature must be installed

Note: These specifications are tbe minimum required for the software to run with acceptable performance. It is highly recommended that machines with higher specifications are used to enhance the performance of ArDB.

Note: A PC is not included with any ArDB licenses.

Note: Mac/Linux operating systems are not supported.

How do ArDB seat licenses work?

ArDB Seat Licenses are installed against an ArDB account.

ArDB Seat Licenses can then be assigned to a particular ArDB Server User Login - giving that user access to the account.

A number of ArDB Perpetual Seat Licenses are provided with each ArDB Server purchase.

Additional ArDB Seat Subscription Licenses are available for ArDB Servers and are only valid on servers with valid support contracts.

An ArDB Server User Login can only be used from a single client (e.g. ArDB Desktop Client or IonOS) at any given time. Logging in to another client will automatically log you out of any other clients.

Each client that communicates with the server requires its own ArDB User Login and associated ArDB Seat License.

The ArDB Client and IonOS are both considered “Clients”.

What is the GNIP Database supplied with ArDB?

GNIP stands for the Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitation and is a comprehensive database of oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios across the globe spanning over 40 years.

The database is provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency who have agreed to allow us to supply a snapshot (2012) of the database as part of ArDB. I.e. the database is not updated automatically.

The latest data can be downloaded from the IAEA WISER website (registration required) and imported easily and securely into your own ArDB database instance for use

Use of the GNIP data in any related publications should be duely accedited.

Read more about the GNIP database here

Does ArDB come with a database for my application?

ArDB is a tool for constructing, maintaining and managing databases with advanced analytical features that allow you to use your database for analytical investigations.

It is supplied with a snapshot (2012) of the Global Network of Isotopes in Precipitiation (GNIP) database supplied by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is available for you to use. Any use of this data must be cited in any eventual publications.

ArDB is also supplied with a demonstration database called "The Corn Database". This database is entirely fictitious and clearly marked for demonstration only. All analytical results within this database have been fabricated in order to showcase ArDBs capabilities in applications such as food authenticity.

ArDB is not supplied with any other databases and Elementar are not able to supply relevant databases for your application.

It is hoped that in the future ArDB may become a common host for analytical results, facilitating access to third party databases.

Can I submit suplimentary data from a publication to the database?

Yes. Suplimentary data can easily be imported in to the database using the standard data import tools, provided it is in a supported format.

Any suplimentary data can be added with its corresponding citation information (e.g. the DOI address) so that it can be analyzed along side your own analytical results, allowing you to compare your findings to those already published.

I already have an Elementar instrument. Will ArDB work automatically with my instrument?

That depends on the type of instrument you have.

If your laboratory is equipped with an isoprime visION or isoprime precisION stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer then the instrument control software (IonOS) has been designed to work seamlessly with ArDB and can be integrated into your data workflow effortlessly.

However, if you are operating an IsoPrime or IsoPrime100 stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer that works with IonVantage then ArDB will not be able to automatically accept your data. In this case, your calibrated stable isotope results will be have to be imported using the Excel import function. Integration of ArDB with Elementar's range of elemental analyzers and TOC systems is not currently available but will be in the near future.

I do not have an instrument from Elementar. Can I still use ArDB?

Absolutely! No matter which manufacturer's instruments you use, you can still benefit from the features of ArDB. ArDB has no conditions on where or how you generate your analytical results. Any analytical result, not just stable isotopes, can be stored and managed in ArDB.

A key advantage of having Elementar IRMS systems and ArDB in your laboratory would be the seamless data transfer of results from our instrument control software to the database. Our IonOS software is the ony stable isotope software that is able to perform automatic, multi-point isotope calibration and that is essential to ensure that the data being submitted to your database is analytically robust. 

Does ArDB perform isotope calibration?

No. ArDB does not perform isotope calibration and nor does it perform any other post-analysis data corrections. ArDB is for managing, grouping, filtering and analysing your final analytical results. Therefore, it is essential that all results submitted to the database are analytically robust. Multi-point isotope calibration can be performed using our IonOS instrument control software, which is availble as a stand-alone product for use with any stable isotope ratio mass spectrometer from any manufacturer. To find out more about IonOS, click here.

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