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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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"Principles and application of LIMS in mouse clinics"

Large-scale systemic mouse phenotyping, as performed by mouse clinics for more than a decade, requires thousands of mice from a multitude of different mutant lines to be bred, individually tracked and subjected to phenotyping procedures according to a standardised schedule. All these efforts are typically organised in overlapping projects, running in parallel. In terms of logistics, data capture, data analysis, result visualisation and reporting, new challenges have emerged from such projects. These challenges could hardly be met with traditional methods such as pen and paper colony management, spreadsheet-based data management and manual data analysis. Hence, different laboratory information management systems (LIMS) have been developed in mouse clinics to facilitate or even enable mouse and data management in the described order of magnitude. This review shows that general principles of LIMS can be empirically deduced from LIMS used by different mouse clinics, although these have evolved differently. Supported by LIMS descriptions and lessons learned from seven mouse clinics, this review also shows that the unique LIMS environment in a particular facility strongly influences strategic LIMS decisions and LIMS development. As a major conclusion, this review states that there is no universal LIMS for the mouse research domain that fits all requirements. Still, empirically deduced general LIMS principles can serve as a master decision support template, which is provided as a hands-on tool for mouse research facilities looking for a LIMS. (Full article...)

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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.

The most popular pages (by page views) on LIMSwiki as of September 1, 2016 are:

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