|Initial release||November 23, 2010|
|Discontinued||1.0 / November 23, 2010|
|Written in||Python, Django|
|Type||Laboratory informatics software|
|License(s)||GNU Lesser General Public License|
BonsaiLIMS was a free lightweight open-source laboratory information management system (LIMS) solution that "allows users to manage their studies and sample data though a secure web interface." The software was implemented as a module, which can then be embedded into a larger portal application via Django, a Python web framework.
Members of the Translational Medicine Research Collaboration (TMRC), a partnership of several Scottish universities, pharmaceutical company Wyeth, and Scottish Enterprise, needed an inexpensive and easy-to-implement laboratory informatics system for their research facility, so they decided to develop one to meet their requirements. Their goal was stated as wanting to:
- move bench scientists involved in translational research away from ad-hoc data recording
- provide central management of lab data
- improve sample management
- improve collaboration between lab scientists
A SourceForge project was created on November 23, 2010, the same day as its original public release. The project was never updated, however, and appears to be abandoned.
The developers released a short user guide on SourceForge detailing what the software does.
Installation requirements and instructions are listed on the SourceForge page.
Videos, screenshots, and other media
The user guide on SourceForge has a few screenshots of the software.
Entities using BonsaiLIMS
- "BonsaiLIMS User Guide". Secluk Bozdag. http://bonsailims.sourceforge.net/user_guide.pdf.
- Bath, Timothy G.; Selcuk Bozdag; Vackar Afzal; Daniel Crowther (2011). "LimsPortal and BonsaiLIMS: development of a lab information management system for translational medicine". Source Code for Biology and Medicine 6: 9. doi:10.1186/1751-0473-6-9. PMC PMC3113716. PMID 21569484. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=PMC3113716.
BonsaiLIMS can be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.
- "BonasaiLIMS - Home/SRC". SourceForge. 23 November 2010. http://sourceforge.net/projects/bonsailims/files/src/. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- Bath, Timothy G.; Selcuk Bozdag; Vackar Afzal; Daniel Crowther (13 May 2011). "LimsPortal and BonsaiLIMS: development of a lab information management system for translational medicine". Source Code for Biology and Medicine (BioMed Central Ltd.) 6 (9). doi:10.1186/1751-0473-6-9. http://www.scfbm.org/content/6/1/9. Retrieved 06 April 2012.
- "£11.6m drug research lab opened". BBC News. 21 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/8010580.stm. Retrieved 6 April 2012.