This is the first time that I use NCBI-GEO and I've faced with 3 different categories inside it. They are
NCBI-GEO have GEO-Overview section to explain these terms to ones who are new to this website, however; although I read it a couple of times, I could not understand it totally.GEO-Overview page The terms are a bit complex for the ones who are not familiar with the concepts. Therefore, is there anyone who could explain them with simpler words ?
In my situation, I use NCBI-GEO to get RNA-seq data for the
C. Elegans organism. I've downloaded the following SRA file : NCBI-geo C. Elegans sample
As far as I understood, a sample contains an individual organism's information.(In my case its a single C.elegans organism)
Series are somehow the collection of multiple samples I guess. I wonder what is the criteria to put different samples into same series?
And lastly, what is the differences between platforms and series ? I thought that each organism have a single platform, in other words, I thought I could find all the things about lets say C.elegans in its platform but I saw that a single organism type may have a lot of different platforms.
So, I'm seeking to learn these concepts and I think this website is the correct place to ask it. If my question is off topic, sorry about that I was not aware of it.