collect Opal 4.4 Released

We are pleased to announce that Opal 4.4 is now available. Opal is OBiBa’s core data management application for biobanks.

This release introduces the following new features:

  • Two-factor authentication (2FA): when the user activates 2FA for its account, an additional temporary key will be requested along with its username/password credentials (see documentation).
  • Resource views: when a resource can coerce to a tabular representation, it is now possible to create a view over this resource in order to make the data and their dictionary more accessible for documentation (using Mica) or data extraction (see documentation).
  • Personal Access Token (PAT) expiration: for extra security, an end of life can be defined for the PATs (default is to never expire) and an inactivity timeout is now applied (default is 2 months, with the possibility to renew it, see PAT documentation and Login policy configuration).
  • Tasks execution per project: tasks (import, export etc.) will be executed in parallel when they belong to different projects; tasks within a single project are still executed sequentially.
  • Project Backup/Restore: the backup/restore functionality (tables, views, resource references, files, report templates) was only available through the Python and R interfaces. It is now possible to trigger these tasks from each project's administration page.

Opal Python command tool and Opal R package have been updated according to these new features.

This release is expected to be fully backward compatible.

This release was possible thanks to the funding of the EUCAN-Connect program.