EXI provides a web interface to the data collection logs and the results from automated data processing pipelines launched after a data collection is complete. To access these records, follow the link to the processing run provided in MXCuBE3 or follow these directions to log in to EXI and select you current proposal number. Click on the following links for directions to inspect the processing results.

When you log in to EXI and select a proposal you will be directed to the table of sessions for that proposal. By default, they will be ordered in inverse order of creation, i.e. the most recent session will be listed first. If you want to see the sessions for all your proposals on a given date or a time interval, use the Choose a date or Choose a period of time buttons. Once you locate the desired session, click on the date to access all the data collections in the session.

  • The data collection results are displayed, by default, in the List view, in inverse order of creation. The list view shows a brief summary of the experiment parameters, a summary of the autoprocessing results, an image snapshot (the image will be weak for small oscillation images) a crystal snapshot (if they have been collected) and a plot of the mean I/sigmaI as a function of resolution.
  • You can also using the icons at the top left of the screen to display the data collection lists in different formats. If you have collected energy scans or fluorescence scans as part of the experiment, use the corresponding tabs to see the results of the scan analysis.

  1. To the right of the default of the Data collection list view is the Summary view, using a more condensed format.
  2. The third icon, Container view, displays the unipucks in the session and allows to select samples based on their port number.
  3. The PDF and RTF summaries provide the same information as the data collection List view, in a downloadable file.
  4. The CSV summary direct to a spreadsheet with the data collection parameters (eg. detector to sample distance, wavelength, number of images, etc.) for each sample.
  5. The PDF and RTF analysis contain a summary of the autoprocessing results.
  • For a given collection you can click on the Beamline parametersData collection or Sample buttons to see additional detailed information on the experimental parameters and beamline status during data collection. To look at the autoprocessing results, click on Last collect results. This shows a summary of the processing results for different pipelines.
Sample list View with links to detailed information about data collection and processing results


  • Clicking on the name of the pipeline will access some plots and log and results files generated during data processing. You can click on the files to display the contents or, if you are browsing from your own computer, you can also download the files as a zip archive.
Displaying results for a given pipeline. In the “Anomalous” pipelines anomalous pairs are treated as non-equivalents at different stanges of processing. This gives better results in the presence of a strong anomalous signal.

Note: The data processing results are displayed on a different browser tab. To go back to the data collection list, return to the original tab

If you would like to look at the results on disk, change the directory to /data/visitors/biomax/’proposal’/’date’ . This directory should be visible to any person listed in the proposal from any beamline computer or data processing HPC cluster. Under there, go to the process subdirectory. From there, you can inspect the relevant subdirectories for the protein and crystal data group. The results are stored under the directories of the form xds_’crystal_’protein’_’run’_’point’ and are grouped by pipeline. If there are no results, look at the EDNA_’pid’.err file (it is always named EDNA regardless of the pipeline) to see the error. If in doubt what the error means, consult with the beamline staff.

Note that, even if the autoprocessing results look acceptable, you may be able to get even better results if you process the data manually either at home or MAX IV. You have “write” permission in the process subdirectory, so you can create folders to store manual data processing results – Note that the writing permission does not extend to the folders created by the autoprocessing pipelines. You will not be able to modify those!.

The XDS.INP file that can be found in each process subdirectory for each data set is a good starting point to rerun XDS with the same or different options, but it may be easier to use the PReSTO environment to reprocess the data from scratch. Please see the documentation on manual data reduction for more help on this topic.

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