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The "session" is the main unit of user interaction with OME. Storing information such as the experimenter ID, hostname, times of initial and most recent access, the session essentially provides a record of a user's interactions.

When a user logs into OME, they initially provide a user name and password. This gets used to create a session, which is then stored as a session file in /var/tmp/OME/sessions, using the Apache::Session::File package. In the future, this file is read to retrieve the parameters of the user's session. See OME/ for details.


A factory is the object that interacts directly with the OME database. Implemented in OME/, factories contain code for creating objects, loading objects, finding objects that meet more or less specified criteria, etc. Each factory is associated with a session.

Like many of the other Perl modules, is self-documenting in a POD format. Type perldoc OME::Factory for more details.

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