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RawBeans: A Simple, Vendor-Independent, Raw-Data Quality-Control Tool

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posted on 2021-03-04, 06:47 authored by David Morgenstern, Rotem Barzilay, Yishai Levin
Every laboratory performing mass-spectrometry-based proteomics strives to generate high-quality data. Among the many factors that impact the outcome of any experiment in proteomics is the LC–MS system performance, which should be monitored within each specific experiment and also long term. This process is termed quality control (QC). We present an easy-to-use tool that rapidly produces a visual, HTML-based report that includes the key parameters needed to monitor the LC–MS system performance, with a focus on monitoring the performance within an experiment. The tool, named RawBeans, generates a report for individual files or for a set of samples from a whole experiment. We anticipate that it will help proteomics users and experts evaluate raw data quality independent of data processing. The tool is available at The mass-spectrometry proteomics data have been deposited to the ProteomeXchange Consortium via the PRIDE partner repository with the data set identifier PXD022816.