While you can use Tripal out-of-the-box for a whole genome or transcriptome based website, You will need a good understanding of Chado to expand into other data types and to take full advantage of Tripal
The primary data store for Tripal is Chado. Chado is an open-source database schema managed by GMOD. Chado was selected for Tripal because it is open-source, it is maintained by the community in which anyone can provide input, and use of Chado encourages common data storage between online biological sites which decreases duplication of effort.
Chado is meant to be installed into a PostgreSQL database and is designed to house a variety of biological data. For example, Tripal comes with a variety of content types. However, if you want to create new content types you must know how that data will be stored in Chado. Additionally, use of the Bulk Loader (a tab-delimited data loader for custom data formats) requires a good understanding of Chado. Finally, creating extensions to Tripal requires an understanding of Chado to write SQL and or new Tripal fields. The following links provide training for Chado.
|Chado Home Page||http://gmod.org/wiki/Chado>|
|Chado Table List||http://gmod.org/wiki/Chado_Tables>|
|Chado Best Practices||http://gmod.org/wiki/Chado_Best_Practices>|