4. General Info
Table of Contents
Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. What is pcGRIN and Who Should Use It?
Chapter 2. Conventions and Standards of This Guide
Chapter 3. Getting Started
Chapter 4. Conventions and Standards of the Software
Chapter 5. Preferences
Part 2. Important Concepts
Chapter 6. Data Concepts
Chapter 7. Software Concepts
Part 3. Querying in pcGRIN
Chapter 8. The Select Query
Chapter 9. The Accession Query
Chapter 10. The Taxonomy Query
Chapter 11. The Statistics Query
Part 4. General Information
Glossary of Terms
The pcGRIN Query Guide has been structured to be used easily by
both experienced and new computer users. It is a step-by-step guide to the
workings of the pcGRIN software.
The guide is not organized according to the menus in the
software, but according to the way you can best understand the system.
If you are experienced in working with genebank data, you may want to
go through part 2 quickly to see what concepts are new to you. Some of
these concepts pertain to using this software, so they may be new for you.
If you have any questions or technical problems with the program,
contact the following for help:
DataBase Management Unit
Building 003, Room 407, BARC-West
Beltsville, Maryland 20705-2350
The United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research
Service does not assume responsibility for data that are lost when using
any component of pcGRIN. Every effort has been made to ensure the product
will act reliably and efficiently. All precautions should be taken to
ensure that no data is lost.
We recommend that you back up all your pcGRIN files at least weekly.
If you wish to exchange data with another location or another country,
contact the DBMU and we will help you make your exchange.
Many thanks go to T. Franco and D.E. Williams from the International
Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Cali, Colombia, for consulting
with us on the overall package.
Many thanks to M. Hoogendijk, T. Hazekamp, and K.A. Painting from the
International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Rome, Italy, for
their advice on the guide.
Many thanks to Frances Louise Bekele, Ana Maria Berretta, Raul
Castillo, and Don McGlashan for their reviews and consultation with us on