So I can't give an exact time-frame or release date. However,
this work has currently started and is underway for our SEEK 1.6.0
release, expected early next year. (1.5.0 is already finished and
will be released tomorrow). We already have a generic JERM v2 test
template we will be working with. The template work is the main
priority for this version, together with some extensions to the
JSON API to provide write support. There are some refinements and
mappings we plan to add to the JERM ontology, but I don't expect
this to affect the progress.
My estimate would be for the end of January / early Feb, although
a test version could probably be made available sooner.
I have set myself a reminder to update you on progress midway through of January.
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Here is a short update on the template upload work progress.
So far things are going quite well, but a little slower than hoped. I'm now as far as splitting up the datafile registration into seperate upload step & metadata filling steps, along with RightField extraction of terms from the template. These are then used to automatically populate the metadata form, which has been split up into 4 distinct steps, and it is possible to jump straight to the end.
Further work for the next release includes the ability to create an Assay, rather than select an existing one, during the upload process. This can either be done manually, or driven directly from the template. The UI of the stepss still needs quite a bit of tidying up, and the initial template still needs a bit of work.
For the version included in the next release, it is likely that it will only work with specific templates that we provide.
I'm afraid I can't give a specific date for the next release, but no new major features are planned to be started for it and it is mainly finishing off current tasks and fixes.
There is some future work needed for the templates, to make them more flexible and better defined, which requires enhancements to RightField. This will provide the ability to give certain cells some context - for example to say an identifier belongs to a Project or Assay class, or to say that a set of fields describe a new Assay. We are currently having to work around these limitations in a less than desirable way, which is why the initial version will only work with our specific templates.