STATegra EMS: an Experiment Management System for complex next-generation omics experiments

High-throughput sequencing assays are now routinely used to study different aspects of genome organization. As decreasing costs and widespread availability of sequencing enable more laboratories to use sequencing assays in their research projects, the number of samples and replicates in these experiments can quickly grow to several dozens of samples and thus require standardized annotation, storage and management of preprocessing steps.

As a part of the STATegra project, researchers at the Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, Spain have developed an Experiment Management System (EMS) for high throughput omics data that supports different types of sequencing-based assays such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, Methyl-seq, etc, as well as proteomics and metabolomics data. The STATegra EMS provides metadata annotation of experimental design, samples and processing pipelines, as well as storage of different types of data files, from raw data to ready-to-use measurements. The system has been developed to provide research laboratories with a freely-available, integrated system that offers a simple and effective way for experiment annotation and tracking of analysis procedures.


Availability – The system uses free, open source software technologies, such as Java Servlets, the Sencha EXT JS framework, MySQL relational database system and the Apache Tomcat Servlet engine. The application can be downloaded from

Hernández-de-Diego R, Boix-Chova N, Gómez-Cabrero D, Tegner J, Abugessaisa I, Conesa A. (2014) STATegra EMS: an Experiment Management System for complex next-generation omics experiments. BMC Syst Biol 8 Suppl 2:S9. [article]