Running multimodal workflows in batch using MetadataIn order to run the workflow in batch, metadata must be provided to describe which DNA and RNA reads belong together. Metadata can easily be supplied from an Excel spreadsheet. A minimal spreadsheet is shown in figure 16.15. It contains the start of the sample names and a column containing pairing information.
You can learn more about batch analysis in the CLC Workbench user manual (see http://resources.qiagenbioinformatics.com/manuals/clcgenomicsworkbench/current/index.php?manual=Running_workflows_in_batch_mode.html). In the manual section describing how to run a workflow in batch mode, you can also find a link to the manual section that describes how to import a metadata table or you can go directly to the section by following this link http://resources.qiagenbioinformatics.com/manuals/clcgenomicsworkbench/current/index.php?manual=Importing_metadata.html. For general information about metadata, see http://resources.qiagenbioinformatics.com/manuals/clcgenomicsworkbench/current/index.php?manual=Metadata.html.
Figure 16.15: A minimal spreadsheet for running two multimodal samples, each consisting of a DNA and an RNA part. Here, we aim to run the two S1 samples in one execution of the workflow, and to run the two S2 samples in a second execution.
Start the workflow normally, but remember to tick batch twice - once when selecting DNA reads (figure 16.16), and again when selecting RNA reads (figure 16.17).
Figure 16.16: Both DNA samples are selected at the same time. They will be grouped into batches in a later step.
Figure 16.17: Both RNA samples are selected at the same time. They will be grouped into batches in a later step.
When this is done, a "Configure batching" dialog will ask for metadata. Figure 16.18 shows how to configure this:
Figure 16.18: Configuration of batch units based on metadata. Each batch unit is named after the DNA sample name. DNA and RNA reads are grouped together if they share a value in the "Pair" column.
The next dialog will show you how the batching will be performed figure 16.19.
Figure 16.19: Overview of the batch units. Each batch unit is named with the DNA sample name. DNA and RNA reads are grouped together if they share a value in the "Pair" column.