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Developer(s) Matt Forster
Initial release August 28, 2013 (2013-08-28) (0.10.1)[1]

0.10.4  (September 6, 2014; 8 years ago (2014-09-06))

Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) MIT License

LIIS was an open-source laboratory informatics application "for laboratories looking to store their sample or culture metadata on a central server."[2]

Product history

Students Matt Forster, David Sinclaire, Andrew Sanders, and Graham Fluet of Lethbridge College, in cooperation with Lethbridge Research Center, began a student project in 2013 to create a simple tool for managing sample metadata:

A need exists for a simple tool to curate laboratory culture collections and handle ever increasing sample metadata annotations. As existing LIMS systems are complicated and cost prohibitive, the decision was made to create a lightweight, open source solution available to laboratories involved in culture collections or sample curation.[2]

Eventually a code repository was started on GitHub in August 2013.[3] A beta release was offered August 23, followed by the first stable release five days later.[1]

At some point the GitHub repository was archived, and work was discontinued. With no updates since 2014, the project is considered abandoned.


Features of LIIS included[1][2]:

  • import and export CSV spreadsheets
  • store general metadata designed to complement the environmental packages provided by the Genomic Standards Consortium
  • annotate and review records from multiple computer
  • private, searchable metadata library
  • web-based
  • user-based permissions
  • audit trail
  • standard field-based query

Hardware/software requirements

Unincluded dependencies were:

  • Apache 2.2+ (or equivalent)
  • PHP 5.3+
  • MySQL 5.5

Consult the installation notes for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Entities using LIIS

Further reading

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "LIIS > releases". GitHub. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Forster, Matthew S.; Paterson, Lyn; Forster, Robert J. (2014). "LIIS: A web-based system for culture collections and sample annotation". Journal of Open Research Software 2 (1): e2. doi:10.5334/jors.aj. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. "LIIS > Initial commit". GitHub. Retrieved 22 May 2014.