Thinking about this category of metadata it seems to make sense to provide enough items so that a clear picture of the instrumental setup and configuration can be recorded.  Others looking at an analysis are mostly interested in being able to reproduce it and the more information they have the easier that will be.

  • instrument: the general type of instrument being used to the analysis (vocabulary) [10-12-14]
  • hyphenated instrument: the general type of hypenated instrument (e.g. GC-MS) being used to perform the analysis (string) [04-29-15]
  • apparatus: non-instrumental equipment used to do an analysis (string) (e.g. 50 mL burette, sintered glass crucible, etc.) [10-12-14]
  • manufacturer: the name of the manufacturer of the instrument being used (string) [03-01-15]
  • model number: the manufacturers model number used to identify the instrument (string) [03-01-15]
  • serial number: the serial number of the instrument (string) [03-01-15]
  • software name: name of the software used to run the instrument (plus any additional components) (string) [10-12-14]
  • software version: version of the software used to run the instrument (string) [10-12-14]
  • operating system: the operating system used to run the instrument software (including version #) (string) [10-12-14]
  • accessories: a list of any accessories installed onto the main instrument (e.g. autosampler, fraction collector, etc.) (string) [10-12-14]
  • configuration: a textual description of the (physical) configuration of the instrument, used to highlight any unique/interesting aspects of the system (string) [10-12-14]
  • settings: a textual list of the values used for important instrumental parameters (string) [10-12-14]