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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.

Like any community wiki, the value and success of LIMSwiki is dependent upon the scientific community contributing their vast knowledge through the creation of relevant articles and editing of existing articles where knowledge is absent. If you wish to enrich the content of this wiki or have something of value to add, please request an account and get started.


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"Open source data logger for low-cost environmental monitoring"

The increasing transformation of biodiversity into a data-intensive science has seen numerous independent systems linked and aggregated into the current landscape of biodiversity informatics. This paper outlines how we can move forward with this program, incorporating real-time environmental monitoring into our methodology using low-power and low-cost computing platforms.

Low power and cheap computational projects such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi have brought the use of small computers and micro-controllers to the masses, and their use in fields related to biodiversity science is increasing (e.g. Hirafuji shows the use of Arduino in agriculture. There is a large amount of potential in using automated tools for monitoring environments and identifying species based on these emerging hardware platforms, but to be truly useful we must integrate the data they generate with our existing systems. This paper describes the construction of an open-source environmental data logger based on the Arduino platform and its integration with the web content management system Drupal which is used as the basis for Scratchpads among other biodiversity tools. (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 http://www.limsforum.com/forum/ and can still be used with your LinkedIn ID.

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

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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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