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LIMSwiki is a collaborative wiki dedicated to the scientific community, featuring organized, documented, and up-to-date content regarding all aspects of laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and health informatics. LIMSwiki also strives to maintain relevant knowledge about laboratory equipment as well as commercial and open-source software likely to be used in a laboratory setting. This also includes the vendors of such equipment and software.

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"Evaluating health information systems using ontologies"

There are several frameworks that attempt to address the challenges of evaluation of health information systems by offering models, methods, and guidelines about what to evaluate, how to evaluate, and how to report the evaluation results. Model-based evaluation frameworks usually suggest universally applicable evaluation aspects but do not consider case-specific aspects. On the other hand, evaluation frameworks that are case-specific, by eliciting user requirements, limit their output to the evaluation aspects suggested by the users in the early phases of system development. In addition, these case-specific approaches extract different sets of evaluation aspects from each case, making it challenging to collectively compare, unify, or aggregate the evaluation of a set of heterogeneous health information systems.

The aim of this paper is to find a method capable of suggesting evaluation aspects for a set of one or more health information systems — whether similar or heterogeneous — by organizing, unifying, and aggregating the quality attributes extracted from those systems and from an external evaluation framework. (Full article...)

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A LIMSwiki journal article is a selected open-access article relating to various fields of informatics, free to republish elsewhere with proper citation. You can browse the collection using the tools below. Also note that like other articles found on this wiki, journal articles can be added to LIMSwiki books.

For a full listing of journals — open-access and otherwise — relating to laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, and other forms of informatics, please see LIMSWiki:Resources/Journals.

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February 12, 2016:

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LIMSwiki suffered an unfortunate web attack about two weeks ago. I'm not privy to the exact tech details, but as I understand it no user information (usernames and passwords) was ever compromised. The intent seems to have been to take down the site, possibly using malicious code. I understand the tech team has restored the site, though they had to make necessary upgrades to the MediaWiki install as well as other server-side software. This unfortunately had a side effect: we lost our page view counting data. Well, it's not technically lost; it could still be retrieved I believe from the backup file. However, I'm not sure it could be successfully imported into the current build. The attack aside, it seems MediaWiki unceremoniously ditched its built-in counter functionality starting with version 1.25. While an extension was developed to reintroduce that functionality, it apparently involves a very specific upgrade process in order to retain that count data. I'm not going to ask the tech team to go back and redo the upgrade and fix from scratch. We'll begin tracking page views again with the new extension and start anew. However, you can still view the historic Top 30 pages (by page view) from April 2012 to January 2016 on the history page of the associated template. Simply click on the "prev" link of an edit on that page and scroll down to see the listing as it was for that date.

In the meantime, we carry on with our work, including the addition of some new forensic-related content in the next day or two. Happy wikiing!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 19:44, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

October 12, 2015:

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The tangentially related LIMSforum — a leading forum on laboratory, medical, and scientific informatics — has moved again due to unfortunate changes by the host LinkedIn. Forum moderator John Jones explained it this way:

"All, it is with regret that I must make the decision to leave Linkedin as the forum for our group. Linkedin has planned changes that will make this group unworkable. We believe strongly in open information and Linkedin is planning changes that would severely disrupt this. However, there is good news... I have planned for this day and knew that Linkedin would pull some sort of bone head idea like this, so I have been working on a complete new site that will let us all carry on our great discussions and a whole lot more. You will be able to login with your Linkedin account and continue as usual."

The forum is now hosted at and can still be used with your LinkedIn ID.

Shawn Douglas (talk) 15:23, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Most popular pages

Due to a combination of a hack of this website and a subsequent upgrade of MediaWiki to 1.26 — which unceremoniously ditched its built-in counter functionality in 1.25 — we lost our original page view counting data. However, you can still find the history of our Top 30 listings from April 2012 to January 2016 on the history page for this template. Simply click on the "prev" link of an edit on that page and scroll down to see the listing as it was for that date.

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