tempdef:The part played by an entity (such as data) at the beginning of a process. This may be information, (numerical values, images and/or text) that is used as the object of study, e.g., for a bioinformatics experiment in which data generated from previous functional genomics experiment is analysed. Input data can include measurements (that may, or may not have been transformed) obtained from one, or more, previous experiments. Note that multiple types of information or material may play the input_role, e.g., measurements and information like informed consent. The term is not intended for the description of data that informs, or influences the design of, a biological (wet lab) experiment.
defprov: helen causton
rem: role of data or material entity played at the start of a process|