SCIENCE SCAN DATABASE USER GUIDE Version 1.1
SCIENCE SCAN DATABASE
USER GUIDE
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Table of Contents
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Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 1
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Installation, download and system requirements ................................................................................ 1
2.1
Supported operating systems ....................................................................................................... 1
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Science Scan table relationships ........................................................................................................... 2
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Data import & manipulation ................................................................................................................. 3
4.1
Data ............................................................................................................................................... 3
4.2
Data fields ..................................................................................................................................... 3
4.3
Data Manipulation ........................................................................................................................ 5
4.4
Data import ................................................................................................................................... 6
4.5
Direct entry (through forms)......................................................................................................... 6
4.5.1
Core Data Form ..................................................................................................................... 7
4.5.2
Alternative method to add new “Person” data .................................................................... 9
4.5.3
Alternative method to add new “People Roles” ................................................................. 10
4.5.4
Alternate method to add new “Project Data” .................................................................... 12
4.5.5
Alternative method to add new “Data set” ........................................................................ 13
4.5.6
Alternative method to add new “Institution data”............................................................. 14
4.5.7
Alternative method to add new “Sub Organization data” .................................................. 16
4.5.8
Alternate method to add new “Funding Source data” ....................................................... 17
4.6
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From MS Excel ............................................................................................................................. 18
Science Scan Database “Main” form .................................................................................................. 25
5.1
Searching the Science Scan ......................................................................................................... 26
5.2
Science Scan Project Information Form ...................................................................................... 27
5.3
Method of linking Funding Assignments and People Assignment to Projects ........................... 28
5.3.1
Linking Funding Assignment to Projects ............................................................................. 28
5.3.2
Linking Project Assignments to Projects ............................................................................. 31
5.3.3
Alternative method to link Funding Assignments to Projects ............................................ 33
5.3.4
Alternative method to link people assignments to projects............................................... 35
5.4
Generate and View Reports ........................................................................................................ 38
5.4.1
Generating “Projects” report .............................................................................................. 39
5.4.2
Generating “Funding Assignments” report......................................................................... 40
5.4.3
Generating “People Assignments” report........................................................................... 41
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Modification of reports: labels and fields ........................................................................... 42
5.4.5
Help button ......................................................................................................................... 43
Trouble-shooting and FAQ .................................................................................................................. 44
6.1
Frequently Asked Questions ....................................................................................................... 44
6.2
Troubleshooting .......................................................................................................................... 45
Annex .................................................................................................................................................. 46
7.1
Categories of Deliverables .......................................................................................................... 46
7.2
Research Discipline ..................................................................................................................... 46
7.3
Area of Application ..................................................................................................................... 47
7.4
Commodities/non-commodities ................................................................................................. 48
7.5
Software developer contact information ................................................................................... 48
7.6
Science Scan table relationships ................................................................................................. 49
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1 Introduction
The Science Scan database is a tool designed to help organizations manage their project-level metadata
for research projects. In this manual, metadata refers to administrative data that summarizes
information about a specific project. The Science Scan allows users to input their data, query it, view it,
and run summary reports. It is a structured database designed to host a variety of metadata, such as
project title, principal investigator, the institution at which the research was conducted, or a project’s
funding source. While the database was developed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, it is not limited
to agricultural metadata; the data fields, tables, forms, and reports in the database are designed to
accommodate project-level metadata for any field of research.
Data is entered/inputted using either database forms to facilitate the organization of data or bulk
uploads of data through Microsoft Excel (see below). The data is organized within the database in a
structured format using relational tables. Once data is entered into the database, it can be viewed using
the database forms or the pre-defined reports (forms and reports can be modified to meet your
organization’s needs, though this requires in-depth knowledge of, and experience with, Microsoft
Access—see section 6 for further information).
2 Installation, download and system requirements
The Science Scan Database has been developed using Microsoft Access 2010 and works with Microsoft
access 2007 and 2013 (Note: the database has not been tested with other previous versions of Microsoft
Access).
Microsoft offers free runtime versions of Microsoft Access: Access 2013 Runtime, Access 2010 Runtime,
and Access 2007 Runtime, which allow users to run an Access desktop application without needing to
purchase or install a full version of Microsoft Access. The Runtime version allows users to view, edit and
delete data, as well as to run queries, forms, reports, macros and VBA module code. But the Runtime
version does not allow users to change the design of Microsoft Access objects or code. The Runtime
versions are similar to the corresponding full (paid) versions of Access and are usually compatible with
earlier versions. Users can run the Runtime application using the 2010 version, as well as 2007 through
2000 versions.
Note on French translation: Please be advised that the screen prints of the actual MS Access database
appear only in English, as the database was built using the English language versions of the Microsoft
software. However, the forms and reports have been translated into French as well. This applies also
to the error messages. If you wish to find a specific form in French in the database, please select the
form with the name that is preceded by a “F_”, which indicates that the form is in French.
The Microsoft Access 2010 Runtime version can be downloaded at:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=10910
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Supported operating systems
The following operating systems support Microsoft Access:
 Windows 7
 Windows 8
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Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2
Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Only the 32-bit Access 2010 Runtime is supported on Windows XP Service Pack 3.
3 Science Scan table relationships
A larger image of the Science Scan relationship table can be found in the Annex of this manual. (Note:
this image appears only in English, as the database was created using an English version of MS Access)
The Science Scan database entails seven tables and 37 fields. Amongst the seven tables, there are two
junction tables, which establish a many-to-many relationship. The junction tables, also known as the
bridge tables, contain fields that pertain to both connected tables. Therefore, in the table relationships
shown above, there are many-to-many relationships as well as direct one-to-many relationships. The
design of the tables and associated fields is intended to group relevant information and ultimately to
connect them to the main table, which is the Project Information table. The table organization and
relationships enhance the search function, in addition to creating a more effective medium for querying
and generating reports.
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4 Data import & manipulation
4.1
Data
Typically, documentation associated with research projects (e.g., grant applications; final reports)
provide sufficient information to populate the Science Scan’s data fields. The following steps can be
taken to fill in missing information:
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III.
IV.
Read the project summary to obtain missing information necessary to complete the Science
Scan template.
Read the description of the principal investigator on the University or Institution website. If a lab
website is available, it may be consulted as well.
Find a recent publication by the principal investigator or main investigator (if a student) on the
research project.
Contact the researcher.
4.2
Data fields
The collected data is organized into the 37 fields in the Science Scan database, described in the table
below.
Data Field
Description
Contact last name
Last name of the main researcher (principal investigator)
receiving the funding.
Contact First name
First name of the main researcher (principal investigator)
receiving the funding.
Contact Middle name
Middle name of the main researcher (principal investigator)
receiving the funding.
Role in Project
The named individual’s role (Principle investigator, Project Lead,
Collaborator, Administrative, Other).
Province/ Territory
Location of the researcher at the time of fund distribution.
Postal Code
Postal or zip code of the location where the research is
conducted.
Institution Type
Type of institution where the research is being conducted.
Institution Name
Name of the research institution where the research is being
conducted.
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Sub Institution
For a university, the department (faculty) to which the researcher
belongs; for a government, the department (ministry) or agency;
in the case of a private organization, a department or head office.
Project Title
Title of project identified on grant application or project report.
Type of deliverable
The anticipated immediate outcome of the research project (see
Appendix 7.1).
Total Project Amount
Total funds (in Canadian dollars) allocated to the project, from all
funding sources.
Program
The name of the program through which the funds are being
allocated.
Funding Source Name
The organization distributing the funds (e.g., National Science and
Engineering Research Council).
Funding Source
Abbreviation
Abbreviation of the funding source’s name.
Funding Source Type
Provincial, federal, foreign, check-off, granting council, university,
non-for-profit, private sector.
Fiscal year
Fiscal year corresponding to the amount awarded.
Fiscal Year Amount
Funds allocated to the project in a given fiscal year (in Canadian
dollars).
Research Discipline
The discipline or academic field of study of the research project
(see Appendix 7.2).
Area of application
The industrial or economic area where the research outcome will
be applied (see Appendix 7.3).
Commodity/resource
The category of commodity or resource (e.g., crop, bovine, etc.)
associated with the project (see Appendix 7.4).
Specific Commodity
The name of the commodity or resource being investigated (e.g.,
wheat bran).
Project Summary
A description of the research project (e.g., as it would appear in
the research proposal).
Project Beginning Year
Starting year of the research project (formatted as YYYY).
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Project End year
The year in which the project will be completed (formatted as
YYYY).
Project Duration
The total duration of the research project.
Predicted Outcome
The hypothesized outcome and/or vision of the research project.
Dataset
The year that the project metadata were provided.
Data Provider
The organization providing the data (this can be, but is not
necessarily, the same as the research organization; it could also
be a third-party organization).
Pillar
A field identifying a project’s alignment with one of three
categories of research, defined by Agriculture and Agriculture
Canada’s Science and Technology Branch for the agri-food sector:
Pillar 1 - Providing science that enhances the sector’s resiliency;
Pillar 2 - Fostering new areas of opportunity for the sector; or,
Pillar 3 - Supporting sector competitiveness.
Personal
Memo/keywords
Any personal notes and/or keywords extracted from “Project
Summary” (to assist in searches).
*Person ID:
Assigned identification number to assist in uniquely identifying an
individual.
*Institution ID
Assigned identification number to assist in uniquely identifying an
institution.
*Institution sub org ID
Assigned identification number to assist in uniquely identifying
sub-institutions (units within institutions).
*Project ID
Assigned identification number to assist in uniquely identifying a
project.
*Funding Source ID
Assigned identification number to assist in uniquely identifying a
source of funds.
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4.3
Data Manipulation
The data manipulation method depends on the import method: either (i) direct entry or (ii) import from
MS Excel (see sections 4.5 and 4.6, below). Direct entry is a simple data entry method and is facilitated
by data forms, where the user manipulates the data and inserts it in the appropriate forms; forms are in
turn linked to the database tables as well as the reports and queries. If the import method through MS
Excel is chosen, the data manipulation must be done in a MS Excel file. This method is more complicated
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and requires advanced knowledge of data transfer from MS Excel to MS Access. Each table in the MS
Access database has its equivalent table in MS Excel, with the same fields and formats, in order to
ensure consistency and proper data transfer. Data manipulation means alteration of the original
formatting of the data (i.e., the formatting of the data when they were provided to the
administrator/user of the Science Scan) to match that of the MS Excel spreadsheets and Access tables.
For example, “Project End Year” data may have been provided in the DD/MM/YYYY format; however,
this field requires the YYYY format. The data manipulator (whoever is managing the database) must alter
the format and also ensure this change is made under the appropriate field in the MS Excel table.
Furthermore, data manipulation also entails assigning personal identification (ID) numbers for the
following five fields: “Person ID”, “Institution ID”, “Institution sub org ID”, “Project ID” and “Funding
Source ID”. These mandatory fields have ID numbers assigned to them in order to organize the data in
the database and to generate accurate reports and queries.
4.4
Data import
As noted above, data can be imported in through direct entry (see section 4.5) and from MS Excel (see
section 4.6).
4.5
Direct entry (through forms)
The direct entry method requires the use of the forms made available in the MS Access database to
insert the appropriate data. These will be updated and ‘synched’ with not only the forms, but also the
queries, reports, and data tables in MS Access.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Initially, the database will be empty. Upon first use, you will be presented with a
warning message, when the main form of the Science Scan database (described in section 5) is opened.
This is due to the absence of any datasets in the database—the dataset concept is integral to the
Science Scan database. You must start by imputing a dataset year in the YYYY-YYYY format (e.g., 20152016). If this dual-year concept does not apply to you, then simply use 0000-0000, as described below.
See the FAQ section at the end of this document for further explanation.
By clicking “OK” to the error message, the “Core Data” form is displayed. The user is then able to create
a dataset as described in section 4.5.5. The dataset can be created/registered/defined as 0000-0000, to
begin running the database. Once the dataset is registered, the user can access the main (“Main”) form
of the Science Scan database (described in section 5), selecting the registered dataset (by selecting the
dataset in question and then clicking “OK” on the main form) to begin inputting project data (described
in section 5.2).
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To summarize, the direct entry is a quick and efficient method for data entry. There are three ways to
add data:
1. The “Core Data” form described in section 4.5.1;
2. Alternatively, individual forms (as described in sections 4.5.2-4.5.8);
3. The “Project Information” form described in section 5.2.
The order of the forms used to input the data is critical to the proper functioning of the database and
should be completed in the following sequence:
1. You must use the “Core Data” form to input a dataset;
2. Through the “Main” form, you will be directed to the “Project Information” form, in order to
input project information data;
3. From the “Project Information” form, you will be directed to the “Core Data” form, again for
general data input.
To note: In the following section, you will learn how to add metadata using the forms in the database.
Alternate methods to add data are also presented. For new users, it is strongly recommended that the
instructions and the sequence of forms used (described above) be followed closely, in order to ensure the
proper functioning of the database. Please also be advised that after clicking the “Save” button, there is
no display confirming that your input has been saved; however, you can verify success by returning to
the selected category, where the saved information will be found. If the “Save” button is clicked twice,
an error message will appear.
4.5.1 Core Data Form
The “Core Data” form is a summary form of the six categories, including “Institution”, “Sub
Organization”, “Funding source”, “People”, “Roles”, and “Datasets” combined in one form using tabs.
This is an alternate way to add new data. For instance, you can choose to add data in this general form
or via the “Datasets” form described in section 4.5.5 below.
There are 3 ways to access the “Core Data” form:
I.
Upon first use of the database, after clicking on the “Main” form described in
section 5, the user will be presented with an error message. By clicking OK, the user
will be prompted to the “Core Data” form;
II.
The “Core Data” form can be accessed through the “Project information” form
described in section 5.2
Or, through the MS Access form look-up.
III.
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a. Open the Science Scan Database and select forms from the category list located at the far
left of the screen.
b.
Select and double-click “coredata_form”.
c. A form will appear with multiple tabs including “Institution”, “Sub Organization”, “Funding
Source”, “People”, “Roles”, and “Datasets”.
d. To add data, click on one of the tabs at the top of the form and then click the “New” tab
underneath.
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e. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button when finished.
To note: The “People Assignment” to projects and the “Funding Assignment” linking to the projects
must be done in the “Project Information” form, or in their respective forms, and cannot be done in this
general input form. Please refer to section 5.3 for more information on “Assignment” linking.
4.5.2 Alternative method to add new “Person” data
a. Open the Science Scan Database and select Forms from the drop-down category list located
at the far left of the screen.
b. Select and double-click “Coredata_people_form”
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c. A form will pop-up; select the “New” tab
d. Four fields are available to be completed, including “Person ID”, “Last Name”, “First Name”,
and “Full Name”
e. For “Person ID”, click on the dotted button
to generate an ID number.
f. Complete the form using the appropriate information provided and select the save button
when finished.
4.5.3 Alternative method to add new “People Roles”
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a. There are three people roles that are pre-populated in the database being “Administrative”,
“Collaborator”, and “Principle Investigator”. If you require a role to be added, open the
Science Scan Database and select “Forms” from the category list located at the far left of the
screen.
b. Select and double-click “Coredata_people_roles_form”.
c. A form will pop-up; select the “New” tab on the top left side of the form and type the new
role that you wish to add.
d. Click on the save button
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4.5.4 Alternate method to add new “Project Data”
a. Open the Science Scan Database and select “Forms” from the category list located at the far
left of the screen.
b. Select and double-click “new_project_data_form”.
c. A form will appear on your screen with multiple fields to be filled.
d. To generate project ID click on the dotted button
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e. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button
when finished.
To note: If the drop-down lists for the fields are not populated, you are required to pre-populate these
lists using the appropriate forms provided.
4.5.5 Alternative method to add new “Data set”
a. Open the Science Scan Database and select “Forms” from the category list located at the far
left of the screen.
b. Select and double-click “coredata_dataset_form”
c. A form will pop-up; select the “New” tab
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d. Type the new dataset you wish to be added
To note: The dataset must be in the YYYY-YYYY format.
4.5.6 Alternative method to add new “Institution data”
a. Open the Science Scan Database and select “Forms” from the category list located at the far
left of the screen.
b. Select and double-click “coredata_institution_form”
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c. A form will pop-up; select the “New” tab on the top left side of the form
d. To generate “Institution ID”, click on the dotted button
e. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button
when finished.
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4.5.7 Alternative method to add new “Sub Organization data”
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Open the Science Scan Database and select “Forms” from the category list
located at the far left of the screen.
b.
Select and double-click “coredata_sub_organization_form”.
c.
A form will pop-up; select the “New” tab on the top left side of the form.
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To generate “Institution sub-org. ID” click on the dotted button.
Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button
when finished.
4.5.8 Alternate method to add new “Funding Source data”
f.
Open the Science Scan Database and select “Forms” from the category list located at the far
left of the screen.
g. Select and double-click “coredata_funding_source_form”.
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h. A form will pop up; select the “New” tab.
4.6
i.
To generate “Funding source ID” click on the dotted button.
j.
Complete the required information on the form and select the save button
when finished.
From MS Excel
Data input from MS Excel allows the user to import large volumes of data directly into the Science Scan
database. This method of data input is efficient, as it allows for the manipulation of data in MS Excel
before inserting it in the Science Scan.
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However, please note that this method requires an in-depth knowledge of MS Access and Excel for
proper data transfer. Caution is advised—the format of the data must match that of the MS Access
tables in order for the transfer to be correct and complete. For example, if the data entry in the MS
Excel sheet for the “Project End Year” is 12/12/2016, the data would not be transferred to the MS
Access table, since the field format in Access is of the YYYY type (and not DD/MM/YYYY). The following
example will demonstrate the import of data to MS Access from Excel, using the “Institution” table.
a. Open the Science Scan Database and select “Tables” from the category list located at
the far left of the screen.
b. Select the table to be updated. In this example, the institution table will be used. Select
“tblInstitution”.
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c. A table will appear with three fields being the “Institution ID”, “Name of Institution” and
“Type of Institution”.
d. Prepare a table in MS Excel with the same properties as the corresponding one in MS
Access. Populate/ manipulate the fields in the MS Excel table, keeping in mind the
format of the corresponding field in MS Access. Once the MS Excel table is complete,
save the file.
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e. From MS access, navigate to tables, Select the table to be updated and right-click on the
table. Select the “Import” option.
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MS Access will prompt you to a new window, where you can browse for the Excel file
you prepared. Click the “Browse” button to locate your file.
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g. Select the file and click “Open”.
h. Under the file name, you will be provided with three options. To update the existing
table, select the second option, “Append a copy of the records to the table”. Then
select the table you want to update. Click “OK” when done.
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You will be prompted to choose the MS Excel file worksheet to be updated from the
Excel file, should there be multiple worksheets. Choose the appropriate MS Excel
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You will be prompted to analyse the data and/or rename the table. If no analysis or
table name change is required, select “Finish”.
k. The MS Access table is now updated via MS Excel with all the data.
To note: If there are any error messages, please follow the source of the error and fix accordingly. Refer
to the following Microsoft website for more information on data import.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/141228
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5 Science Scan Database “Main” form
The “Main” form of the database is designed to facilitate the retrieval of data. This form can be accessed
in two ways, which are described in the following section. It allows the user to retrieve all projects
relating to a specific dataset using the “View a dataset” function, or to run reports through “View a
report”.
There are three pre-defined reports: “Projects”, “Funding Assignments”, and “People Assignments”. The
“Projects” report can be matched to a selected dataset by clicking on the “Selected Dataset Only”
checkbox; otherwise, all projects within the database, regardless of the dataset, are returned as output.
“Funding Assignments” and “People Assignments” do not have a corresponding dataset; as a result, all
records within the database are returned as output in these two reports.
As an added feature, the “Projects” report has a basic search function, for more targeted output in the
report results. Use the “Search Projects” text box to input your search string and click on to run the
report.
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Searching the Science Scan
The Science Scan database allows for keyword searching. Search results will capture all records in the
database with the chosen string.
The primary method of searching in the Science Scan is through the Science Scan “Main” form, which is
accessible in two ways: (i) when the database starts-up, the “Main” form is automatically loaded on the
front page of the database; and, (ii) the form can be opened through the side-bar.
a. Open the Science Scan Database and select forms from the category list located at the
far left of the screen.
b. Select and double-click “main_form”.
c. The form will appear. A search button (“Search Projects”) can be found on the bottom
right side of the form.
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d. In this box, you can search the database using a keyword or the title of the research
project they are looking for. Following that, click the dotted button
5.2
Science Scan Project Information Form
To access the “Science Scan Project Information” form, select the data set you wish to access on the
main form and click “OK”.
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The form, shown above, displays all associated project information, including the following fields:
“Project Title”, “Discipline”, “Application”, “Commodity/Resource”, “Commodity”, “Predicted Outcome”,
“Data Provided”, “Program”, “Summary”, “Total Amount”, “Beginning Year”, “End Year”, ”Duration”,
“Project ID”, “Sub-Organization ID”, “Data Set”, “Deliverable Type” and “Personal Memo”. The middle of
the form displays the project funding data on a fiscal year basis, including the funding source. On the
lower left side of the form, “People” and “Roles in Project” are displayed. Finally, on the lower right side
of the form the institutional information is displayed.
The “Science Scan Project Information” form can also be used to add data to the project information.
This data can only be added once the project record has been created using the forms described in
section 4.5. This form can be used to add additional information, with the “Add” button:
in the top section of the form, to add project information data; in the middle section,
to add project funding data; or, in the bottom left section, to add person information. If the selected
information needs to be edited, click on the “Edit” button
to edit the information on
this form. The Core Data button
brings the user back to the “Core Data” form
described in section 4.5.1, which contains all 6 categories of information. Finally, to assign funding or
people to the selected project, please refer to the following section.
5.3
Method of linking Funding Assignments and People
Assignment to Projects
To link “Funding Assignment” to “Projects”, you must use the “Science Scan Project Information” form.
5.3.1 Linking Funding Assignment to Projects
a. In the middle section of the form, the project funding information is displayed. To link
“Funding Assignment” to “Projects”, click on the “Assign” button.
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b. This will bring you to the “Funding Assignments” form, as shown above, with the “Projects”
section on the left side highlighting the project the user originally selected.
c. Select the funding source associated to the selected project.
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d. From the drop-down list at the center of the form, select the fiscal year to which these funds
are being applied.
e. Enter the fiscal year amount associated to the selected project.
f. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button when finished.
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5.3.2 Linking Project Assignments to Projects
a. On the bottom left side of the “Project Information” form, “People” and “Roles” are
displayed. To assign new people, click the “Assign” button
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b. This will bring you to another form, “People Assignment to Projects”, where the
project that was originally selected by the user is highlighted on the left side of the
form, under “Projects”.
c. Select the person whose information you want to update and “Role in Project” from
the drop-down list located between the two columns. To see the update, the record
needs to be refreshed using the forward and backward record navigation buttons.
d. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button when
finished.
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5.3.3 Alternative method to link Funding Assignments to
Projects
g. Open the Science Scan Database and select forms from the category list located at the far
left of the screen.
h. Select and double-click “funding_assignment_form”.
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i.
A form will appear with two columns, one for projects and one for funding source. In the
middle section of the form between the two columns, a drop-down button is assigned to the
fiscal year and a field is assigned for the fiscal year amount.
j.
Select the project you want to update, and select the funding source associated to the
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k. From the drop-down list at the centre of the form, select the fiscal year to which these funds
are being applied.
l.
Enter the fiscal year amount associated to the selected project.
m. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button
when finished.
To note: This funding assignment cannot be done until the project and funding information has been
entered using the appropriate forms.
5.3.4 Alternative method to link people assignments to
projects
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a. Open the Science Scan Database and select forms from the category list located at
the far left of the screen.
b. Select and double-click “people_assignment_form”.
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c. A form will appear with two columns one for “available people” and one for
“projects”. In the middle section of the form between the two columns, a dropdown button is assigned to the role in project.
d. Select the available person whose information you want to update, and select the
project associated to the selected person.
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e. From the drop-down list at the centre of the form, select the role of the person in
the selected project.
f. Complete the required information on the form and select the “Save” button
when finished.
To note: This assignment cannot be done until the project, role in project and people (personnel)
information has been entered using the appropriate forms.
5.4
Generate and View Reports
A report in MS Access is a way to view metadata in a summarized and organized way. Reports are based
on information that exists in the database tables. This information is then queried by the database and
presented in a report format. Any changes to the report, other than cosmetic changes, will require
changes to the tables/fields, queries impacting the report, as well as the report itself.
There are three pre-existing reports available to display different aspects of the metadata: “Projects”,
“Funding Assignment” and “People Assignment”. These reports are accessed through the “Main” form
of the Science Scan. All three reports may be accessed without selecting a dataset. The “Projects” report
may be associated with a specific dataset.
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5.4.1 Generating “Projects” report
To generate the “Projects” report via the “Main” form, select the dataset, check the “Selected Dataset
Only” box and click on “Projects”. This will generate a report like the following one:
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This report contains various fields, including: title of the project, discipline, specific commodity,
application, deliverable, commodity, resource, predicted outcome, program, beginning and ending year,
total project amount, data provider, project ID, sub organization ID and pillar and a summary of the
project.
The user can browse through all the projects via the arrow buttons located on the bottom left side of
the report.
5.4.2 Generating “Funding Assignments” report
To generate the funding assignment report via the “Main” form, click the “Funding Assignment” report
button. This will generate a report like the following one:
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In this report, the user can display the project title, funding source, start and end years and the funding
allocated on a fiscal year basis.
The user can browse through all the projects via the arrow buttons located on the bottom left side of
the report.
5.4.3 Generating “People Assignments” report
To generate the “Funding Assignment” report through the “Main” form, click the “People Assignment”
report button. This will generate a report like the following:
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This report can display three fields, including the project title, primary contact name and role in project.
The user can browse through all the projects via the arrow buttons located on the bottom left side of
the report.
5.4.4 Modification of reports: labels and fields
The three reports described in the previous sections are general reports covering a wide range of
metadata. There are ways to modify these reports to fit your needs. But to do so, an advanced
knowledge of MS Access and the Science Scan database is required. To change an item on the report, it
is necessary to change the queries, as well at the tables, that are associated with that report.
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Please refer to the following Microsoft link for additional information on how to create/modify reports;
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Introduction-to-reports-in-Access-e0869f59-7536-4d19-8e057158dcd3681c
5.4.5 Help button
To access this help manual from the Science Scan database, click on the “Help” button located on the
lower left corner of the main screen.
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6 Trouble-shooting and FAQ
6.1
I.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a dataset?
A dataset in the Science Scan refers to the period of time (two consecutive years, e.g. 2009-2010) that
the project information was provided for (datasets do not refer to calendar years because the Science
Scan database was designed for use by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, which operates on a federal
fiscal year basis).
If your organization’s fiscal year matches a calendar year, you can use the same year twice. For example,
if your fiscal year is from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, you can use 2015-2015 as a dataset.
To note: The year the project was conducted does not necessarily match the reference year of the
dataset. For example, if a project was conducted in 2008 and its data was provided database
custodian/host in 2010, the project will fall in the 2010-2011 dataset.
II.
The same principle investigator is working on two different projects; do I have to create a
different person ID?
No. Only one ID is assigned to each individual. However, the same person can be associated with
multiple projects. This association can be executed in the “People Assignment” form described in section
5.3 above. This same principle of unique identifiers applies to institutions, sub-organizations, funding
sources, programs etc. The user needs to input the funding source only once and this funding source can
be associated with multiple projects.
III.
I misspelled the name of an institution, how can I fix it in the form?
To edit any data in any form, select the data you would like to change and click the “Edit” button. The
system will present you with an editing screen where you can edit the data. To finish, click “Update”.
IV.
I want to search for someone in the form, how can I do that?
Use the search option by clicking the button showing binoculars
V.
.
How do I create a report?
There are multiple ways a report can be created in MS Access. To facilitate this task, the “Main” form
has been created to generate multiple relevant reports. Please refer to section 5.4 of this document.
If you wish to create another personalized report or to modify one of the three pre-existing ones, it is
possible to do so via the design view of the report section. Please be advised that in order to modify or
create new reports, it is important to have a strong command of MS Access and the Science Scan
database structure. Please refer to section 5.4.4 above for details how to create or modify reports. If
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needed, the designer of the database can be contacted in order to create or modify reports. Please
refer to contact section at the end of this manual.
Please refer to the following Microsoft link for additional information on how to create other types of
reports:
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Create-a-simple-report-408e92a8-11a4-418d-a3787f1d99c25304
VI.
Can I store content in the form of a pdf or scanned images or attach a document to a certain
project?
No. The Science Scan database stores only metadata. It is not a content repository. Content storage is a
functionality that could be added, but advanced knowledge of MS Access and the Science Scan database
is required to do so. If needed, the designer of the database can be contacted in order to create this
specific function. Please refer to the contact section at the end of this manual
Please refer to the following Microsoft link for additional information on how to create attachments for
repository purposes.
https://support.office.com/en-ca/article/Attach-files-and-graphics-to-the-records-in-your-databased40a09ad-a753-4a14-9161-7f15baad6dbd
VII.
I require an additional feature in the Science Scan database that is not currently present. How
can I create that feature?
Additional features can be enabled, but advanced knowledge of MS Access and the Science Scan
database is required to do so. If needed, the designer of the database can be contacted in order to
create this specific function. Please refer to the contact section at the end of this manual
6.2
I.
Troubleshooting
I get the following error: “Run-time error ‘3022’ “. What can I do to fix it?
Error 3022 arises when the user is trying to create an ID that has been already created. It signals that
you do not need to re-create that particular ID. Simply search for the same ID in the “Details”, since it is
already there.
II.
I get the error message: “The value you entered isn’t valid for this field”. What can I do to fix
it?
This error indicates that the user is trying to enter data in the incorrect format. For example, you may
have entered a numeric value as a person’s name. To fix this error, be sure to check each field to ensure
you are following the appropriate format.
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7 Annex
7.1
New Knowledge
New Product
Beneficial
Management
Practices
Remediation
7.2
Categories of Deliverables
Research aimed at acquiring a fuller understanding of a mechanism.
The objective may be to create knowledge that can be applicable to a
specific system or simply to create knowledge where lacking. This
category covers both Basic (Fundamental) or Applied Research (ie.
Determination of genetic properties related to a certain trait in plants,
or sequencing of a plant genome)
Research aimed at creating a new product. It involves the application of
knowledge to create new and useful products and services. In the
innovation continuum it may be at the technology development and
demonstration stage. (ie. Research aimed at the development of a new
biofuel using biomass).
Research aimed at improving or creating techniques and methods used
in current agricultural practices that enhance the maintenance of
existing procedures. (ie. The development of better techniques to
monitor contamination during meat processing)
Research aimed at solving an existing problem in terms of agricultural
impact on environment. (ie. Development of methods to limit
contamination of water reservoirs around agricultural lands)
Research Discipline
Research Discipline
Agricultural engineering
Genome analysis
Agricultural waste management
Analytical chemistry
Animal biology
Geochemistry and geochronology
Hydrogeochemistry
Hydrology
Animal ecology
Animal nutrition and husbandry
Animal physiology and metabolism
Animal production and breeding
Immunology
Industrial engineering
Irrigation
Life sciences research related to human health and
disease
Lipids
Mechanical engineering
Metabolism
Microbial ecology
Microbiology
Modelling and simulation studies
Molecular biology
Molecular genetics
Mycology
Natural products
Animal reproduction
Aquatic ecology and limnology
Atmospheric science
Bacteriology
Biochemical engineering
Biochemistry
Biology and microbiology
Bio-organic chemistry
Biopolymers
Cell biology
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Chemical engineering
Chemistry and mineralogy
Combustion
Computer vision
Crop and pasture production,
breeding
Crop management (pest, disease
control and breeding)
Cytoskeleton
Earth science
Ecotoxicology
Electrical and electronic engineering
Endocrinology
Environmental engineering
Environmental engineering : Waste
water treatment
Enzymes
Evolution and ecology
Fertility of soils
Food chemistry and analysis
Food microbiology
Food processing, packaging,
preservation and storage
Food science and technology
Gene regulation
Genetics
7.3
Nutrition
Nutrition and metabolism, photosynthesis
Organic chemistry
Organic syntheses
Other sources of energy (solar, wind, etc.)
Plant and Tree biology
Plant ecology
Plant growth and development
Plant pathology
Plant reproduction
Polymers and coatings
Proteins and peptides, amino acids
Reaction fundamentals and reactor design
Remote sensing
Separation processes
Soil science
Stress physiology
Terrestrial ecology
Transport processes
Waste water treatment
Water and minerals in plants
Area of Application
Area of Application
Agriculture and Primary Food Production
Commercial Services
Construction, Urban And Rural Planning
Energy Resources
Health, Education and Social Services
Environment
Information and Communication Services
Manufacturing Processes and Products
Transportation Systems and Services
Natural Resources (Economic Aspects)
Northern Development
Natural Resources
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Commodities/non-commodities
Commodities/resources
Crops or Plants
Bio-products
Biomass
Processed Foods
Farming Practices
Livestock
Emerging Issues
Dairy
Farmlands
Fruits/Vegetables
Poultry
Water
Agricultural Waste
Meat Products
Insectary industry
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Specific Commodities
Canola, barley, alfalfa, wheat etc
Bio-pharmaceuticals, natural health products, nutraceuticals,
functional foods
Rendered animal waste, crop waste
Beverages, wines, packaged foods, oils etc
Use of pesticides, agricultural machinery, chemicals, fertilizers
etc
Cattle, swine all live animal
Trade policy, food security, allergies etc
Milk, husbandry of dairy cattle, cheese
Soil, ecosystems, grasslands, pastures etc
Strawberries, grapes/potato, lettuce etc
Chicken, turkey, duck, eggs
Wetlands, macrophyte species
Animal manure, veterinary medicine waste, organic waste
Pork, beef, lamb, all processed meat products
Pollinators, bees
Fish enzymes, fish bi-products
7.5
Software developer contact information
This database has been developed by Global Interfaces Consulting Inc. 613-371-1187.
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