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Welcome to the LIMSwiki informatics resource portal

This collection of web links represents an attempt to collate as many useful online scientific and health informatics-related materials and research tools as possible. As entities often change the URLs of their material or delete it in total, it's quite likely you may discover a bad URL or two. We'll try to keep this updated as often as possible, but please do help if you are able.

An attempt was made to be as thorough as possible in most categories, though we realize some entities — especially non-English websites — may have escaped our search efforts. The books category is somewhat of a special case, as we tried to focus on relevant books published within the last 10 to 12 years, primarily those with positive feedback on Amazon and other online retailers. However, search tools for finding other informatics books have been included to allow you to research and decide for yourself if a particular book is worth looking into.

Books

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Resources for finding books related to laboratory and other types of informatics

CRC Press, informatics books

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), all books

IOS Press, all books

Jones and Bartlett Learning, bioinformatics books

The National Academies Press, computers and information technology books

Springer, all books

Wiley, all books

Informatics books


Magazines, journals, and blogs

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Magazines

  • American Laboratory: provides "analytical chemists and life scientists with up-to-date information about equipment, instrumentation, and applications that they use in their labs every day."
  • Bio-IT World: "provides topical news coverage and analysis of cutting-edge technologies to handle the data deluge in petascale computing and the tools to deliver individualized medicine."
  • Bioscience Technology: "provides life science/biotechnology researchers with new product and new technology information."
  • CAP TODAY: a healthcare publication with "feature articles, concise news items, editorial columns, and scientific abstracts"
  • Chromatography Techniques: "presents bylined articles, new products, technologies and application notes covering gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, ion chromatography, chemistries and columns, software, sample prep, spectroscopy and more."
  • Drug Discovery & Development: "delivers insight into the full landscape of technologies, tools, and business/regulatory strategies that help scientists and executives accelerate the pace and productivity of drug research and development."
  • Drug Discovery World: "examines the advances in new science and technology with a view to the commercial implications of implementing those advances and whether they can truly bring benefits to the industry as a whole" and to "the discovery and development of new therapeutics."
  • European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer: keeps "readers abreast of the latest offerings and developments in R&D and manufacturing products and equipment, ingredients and contract services."
  • Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News: covers "the entire bioproduct life cycle from early-stage R&D, to applied research including omics, biomarkers, as well as diagnostics, to bioprocessing and commercialization."
  • Health Data Management: focuses on the process of "using information technology to achieve business goals and improve the quality of care" offered to individuals.
  • Healthcare Informatics: covers topics like EMR, EHR, wireless technologies, meaningful use policy, patient safety, point-of-care technology, health information exchange, and hospital administration.
  • Lab Manager: "analyzes the strong link between business strategy, technological innovation and implementation."
  • Laboratory Design: serves the "community involved in the design, construction, and operation of laboratory facilities, including building owners and operators, high-level lab users and managers, and the building team."
  • Laboratory Informatics Guide: a yearly special supplement to Scientific Computing World subscribers that provides articles and information about laboratory informatics.
  • Laboratory Equipment: provides "concise and insightful information on the latest scientific instruments, software, supplies, and equipment."
  • Laboratory News: provides "readers with comprehensive and detailed coverage of the issues facing contemporary science."
  • Life Science Leader: provides life science executives with the industry's best practices and "motivate[s] them to implement those best practices in their own businesses."
  • Medical Laboratory Observer: provides "lab professionals with peer-reviewed editorials, answers to critical questions and important product information."
  • Medical Technology Business Europe: covers "developments in medical technology, focusing on medical devices with electronics, and nanotechnology, diagnostics, biotechnology, and advanced prosthetics/ implants."
  • Modern Healthcare: delivers "healthcare business and policy news, research and information."
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: covers "best practices, key trends, developments and successful applications" in the field of pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Pulse+IT: eHealth and health IT topics primarily targeted at the Australian and New Zealand health sectors.
  • R&D Magazine: provides news and technical articles that focus on the research and development industry.
  • Research Information: provides news and articles about "online content and information management."
  • Scientific Computing: "covers the new products, services, and technologies that are available to science professionals."
  • Scientific Computing World: "dedicated to the computing and information technology needs of professionals working in science, technology, engineering, and medicine."
  • The Scientist: "dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields."

Journals

Numerous journals concerning many types of scientific informatics pursuits — from nursing informatics to cancer informatics — are produced for the scientific community and beyond. Many are only accessible through subscription or purchase, while others are open-access journals, available to anyone with Internet access.

Click the link above for the compiled list of related journals and journal resources.

Blogs

Individual blogs

  • eHealth: features eHealth and health IT topics from John Sharp, an IT manager for a major medical center in Northeast Ohio.
  • Gobbledygook: features topics on how the Internet is changing scholarly communication, by medical doctor and cancer researcher Martin Fenner.
  • HealthBlog: "thoughts, comments, news, and reflections about healthcare IT from Microsoft's worldwide health senior director Bill Crounse, MD."
  • The Healthcare IT Guy: focuses on "healthcare IT with an emphasis on e-health, EHR/EMR, meaningful use, data integration, medical device connectivity, health informatics, and legacy modernization," by software analyst Shahid Shah.
  • HIStalk: offers news and opinion on healthcare IT.
  • Hodge's Model: "provides a space for reflections on a health, social care, and informatics model with universal potential in terms of application and users," by mental health nurse and informatics specialist Peter Jones.
  • Informatics Professor: "maintains the thoughts on various topics related to biomedical and health informatics by Dr. William Hersh, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University"
  • The Integrated Lab: provides information and open discussion on any topic dealing with laboratory integration.
  • IT Everything: covers healthcare IT, by reporter and editor Joseph Conn.
  • Lab Soft News: covers topics of healthcare IT and pathology informatics, by Bruce Friedman, Emeritus Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Meaningful HIT News: covers meaningful topics regarding healthcare IT, by professional healthcare IT journalist Neil Versel.
  • On Informatics: "dedicated to uncovering the meanings and applications of medical informatics."
  • Out on a LIMS: covers the topics of LIMS, ELN, and other aspects of laboratory informatics, by Gloria Metrick of GeoMetrick Enterprises.
  • RX Informatics: "seeks to better the healthcare, pharmacy, and information technology community by providing an online presence for collaboration."
  • Social Informatics Blog: covers topics on the "intersections of technology, information, and media as well as countless other paths of research."
  • The Telecare Blog: covers the topic of telecare, by copywriter and telecare consultant Guy Dewsbury.
  • Telehealth & Telecare Aware: aims to help telecare and telehealth "suppliers and service providers around the world keep up to date with what each other are doing."

Corporate blogs

  • ABB Blog: the official blog of power and industrial automation equipment and software developer ABB Ltd.

Open-source project blogs


Web portals

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This is a collection of web portals that relate to anything from dental informatics to healthcare IT. If you don't find the site you're looking for here, it may be in the Blogs or Knowledge base, research, and reference sections of the resources page.
 

  • AmericanEHR Partners: "an online community of clinicians who use information technology to deliver care to Americans"
  • analytica-world.com: an information portal for analytics and lab technology, complementing analytica, the International Trade Fair for Laboratory Technology, Analysis, and Biotechnology
  • BioAfrica.net: a "bioinformatics portal for human life in Africa," produced by the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • E-Health Insider: a web portal with "news, comment and analysis about healthcare IT in the UK"
  • Ecoinformatics.org: a web portal acting as an "online resource for managing ecological data and information"
  • FierceHealthIT: a web portal for "healthcare IT news with a special focus on CPOE, EMR adoption, HIPAA compliance, and other critical areas"
  • Government Health IT: a web portal with "news and information on how government is driving the adoption of information technology in healthcare"
  • Health Informatics Forum: an information portal acting as "a social network for health informatics professionals and students"
  • Health Technology Review: a healthcare portal with "information, articles, reviews, ratings and news on today's leading healthcare technologies, with a special focus on electronic medical records and medical billing software"
  • Health-e-Directory: a portal providing "a comprehensive listing of products and service solutions for e-Health"
  • Healthcare IT News: a news portal for healthcare IT executives that offers information on "new technologies, IT strategies and tactics, statutory and regulatory issues, as well as provider and vendor updates"
  • HITSphere: a web portal for "blogs, news, tools, and other items of interest to the healthcare IT community"
  • Journal Watch: a web portal "providing brief, clearly written, clinically focused perspectives on the medical developments that affect practice"
  • LabCompliance.com: a pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry portal of free and fee-based "information on how to improve quality and to comply with FDA and other regulations" including standards
  • PflebIT: a nursing informatics portal and knowledgebase (in German)
  • Pharma IQ: "an international online community focusing on providing pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals with knowledge, information and biotechnology articles"
  • seperationsNOW.com: a Wiley-backed portal of information about sample preparation, electrophoresis, chromatography, genomics, and laboratory informatics
  • spectroscopyNOW.com: a Wiley-backed portal of information about numerous spectroscopic techniques
  • Technology Networks: a wide collection of web resources pertaining to numerous scientific communities and topics, including informatics

Organizations, not-for-profits, and special interest groups

Organization, associations, special interest groups, institutes, and not-for-profits related to scientific informatics pursuits exist all over the world. Many have open membership while a few are very selective in their acceptance.

Click the link above for a compiled list of these entities from around the world.
 

Government and academic

Government entities

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Bulgaria

Canada

  • Canada Health Infoway: "works as a strategic investor of funds provided by the Federal Government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories" towards the effort of "transforming health care through health information technology"
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information: strives to "collect, analyze and publish data and information in a standardized way ... that allows every jurisdiction to understand, compare and use the data and information effectively to make the decisions that lead to healthier Canadians"

Cuba

European Union

Germany

Global

  • Global Biodiversity Information Facility: "an international government-initiated and funded initiative focused on making biodiversity data available to all and anyone, for scientific research, conservation and sustainable development"

Hungary

India

  • ERNET India: "provides IT connectivity to a range of institutional centers" in India

Poland

United States of America

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "delivers insight into the full landscape of technologies, tools, and business/regulatory strategies that help scientists and executives accelerate the pace and productivity of drug research and development."
  • Drug Discovery World: "examines the advances in new science and technology with a view to the commercial implications of implementing those advances and whether they can truly bring benefits to the industry as a whole" and to "the discovery and development of new therapeutics."
  • European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer: keeps "readers abreast of the latest offerings and developments in Research and Quality]: works "to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans"
  • Data.gov: strives to "increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government"
  • HealthIT.gov: "support[s] the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care"
  • National Library of Medicine: makes available various print and electronic documents; "supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology"
  • Science.gov: "searches over 55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results"

Educational programs, training, and certifications

Bio, health, laboratory, medical, and nursing informatics education programs are arguably abundant in higher learning institutes and other entities. This compilation attempts to cover those academic programs, department, and facilities.

Click the link above for the full list of resources.
 

Conferences and trade shows

Conferences

Scientific informatics is unsurprisingly an advancing field with a lot to talk about and share with others. Societies, associations, or professional groups will often turn to the conference to better disseminate and share information and ideas with other like-minded individuals and entities.

Click the link above for the full list of scientific informatics conferences.

Trade shows

Like conferences, trade shows are another way for individuals in broad or very focused scientific pursuits to learn about the technology affecting their field. Information, ideas, and innovative product demonstrations can be shared with attendees looking to learn more about or gain a competitive advantage in their trade.

Click the link above for the full list of scientific informatics trade shows.
 

Health care and clinical laboratory conferences and trade shows

This is a special addendum of conferences and trade shows that have more to do with clinical laboratory and health care practices than the informatics tools used in those settings.

Click the link above for the full list.
 

Discussion groups and social networks

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  • Biotechspin: "the largest network for biotech, medtech, pharma, agrotech, healthcare, cosmetics, chemistry and cleantech professionals with multiple very helpful free tools and databases"
  • JISCMail: "a large collection of groups which enable academics, support staff and researchers to collaborate"

Market studies and reports

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Rather than linking directly to specific studies and reports, this list focuses on entities that provide (occasionally or frequently) studies and reports related to healthcare, healthcare IT, and scientific applications of informatics as well as broader fields of research.

  • ARC Advisory Group: a list of "studies [that] cover the full breadth of enterprise software, manufacturing applications, automation products, and related services"
  • Kalorama Information: a "publisher of market research in medical markets, including the biotechnology, diagnostics, healthcare, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries"
  • KLAS Enterprises: "helps healthcare providers make informed technology decisions by reporting accurate, honest, and impartial vendor performance data"
  • President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology: a U.S. "advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President and the Executive Office of the President;" the group occasionally releases science and technology reports and documents to the public
  • research2guidance: "provide[s] market intelligence on the mobile applications market"
  • Transparency Market Research: "a market intelligence company providing global business research reports" into pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals and materials, technology, and more

Knowledge base, research, and reference

There are a variety of Internet-based tools available for people researching about or in the field of scientific informatics.

Click the link above for the full list of resources.
 

Specifications and standards

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Resources for researching specifications and standards

American National Standards Institute: "oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector"

ASTM International: handles the "development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards"

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine: "the international standard for medical images and related information"

FindACode: "an online database of medical billing codes and information"

Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards at NLM: "the central coordinating body for clinical terminology standards within the Department of Health and Human Services"

National Council for Prescription Drug Programs: develops "ANSI-accredited standards, and guidance for promoting information exchanges related to medications, supplies, and services within the healthcare system"

National Institute of Standards and Technology - Standards Coordination Office: aims "to equip U.S. industry with the standards-related tools and information necessary to effectively compete in the global marketplace"

Specific specifications and standards

  • 21 CFR Part 11: provides compliance information regarding electronic records and electronic signatures
  • 40 CFR Part 3: provides for electronic reporting (in lieu of a paper document) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • ASC X12: develops and maintains electronic data interchange (EDI) and context inspired component architecture (CICA) standards as well as XML schema
Committee E13.15 on Analytical Data
E386-90(2011) Standard Practice for Data Presentation Relating to High-Resolution Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy
E1578-06 Standard Guide for Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
E1947-98(2009) Standard Specification for Analytical Data Interchange Protocol for Chromatographic Data
E1948-98(2009) Standard Guide for Analytical Data Interchange Protocol for Chromatographic Data
E1989-98(2004) Standard Specification for Laboratory Equipment Control Interface (LECIS) (Withdrawn 2009)
E2066-00(2007) Standard Guide for Validation of Laboratory Information Management Systems
E2077-00(2010) Standard Specification for Analytical Data Interchange Protocol for Mass Spectrometric Data
E2078-00(2010) Standard Guide for Analytical Data Interchange Protocol for Mass Spectrometric Data
  • Biomedical Informatics Core Competencies, AMIA: the American Medical Informatics Association's attempt "to develop a formal definition of biomedical informatics and to specify the core competencies that should drive curriculum and course design for graduate training in the field"
  • DICOM Standard: official listing of the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine standards
  • GAMP Resources: a Good Automated Manufacturing Practice resource list from the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • HL7 International Standards: "a framework (and related standards) for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information"
  • ICD-9 and ICD-10: the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code set "used to code and classify mortality data from death certificates;" tools for looking up ICD-9 and -10 codes: IDC9Data.com and CMS code lookup
  • ICNP: the International Classification for Nursing Practice "establishes an international standard to facilitate description and comparison of nursing practice"
  • The Omaha System: a standardized health care terminology consisting of an assessment component, an intervention component, and an outcomes component
  • SNOMED CT: a set of "comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology"
  • UMLS: Unified Medical Language System: "integrates and distributes key terminology, classification and coding standards, and associated resources to promote creation of more effective and interoperable biomedical information systems and services"

Jobs and career search

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While you can search any online job board, these sites specifically seem to contain a significant number of science and medical informatics jobs.

  • Biohealthmatics.com: a "career networking portal for biotechnology and healthcare IT" in the U.S. and U.K markets
  • Bioinformatics.ca - Job Postings: the informatics and bioinformatics job focus is mostly in Canada, though jobs in the U.S., U.K., and other parts of the world occasionally show up; job posting limited to Bioinformatics.ca members
  • Health Informatics Jobs: health informatics job postings at the Health Informatics Forum; may include other informatics jobs
  • HireLifeScience.com : an "employment resource and networking tool to connect you to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and life science industries"
  • LabCareers.com: all job postings at LabCareers.com; seems to be a good source for LIMS- and LIS-related work

Consultants

Scientific and laboratory informatics are complex, constantly advancing fields. Given the pace of change and sheer amount of related information, sometimes a quality consultancy is required to get the most out of your scientific endeavors.

Click the link above for the full list of resources.
 

Miscellaneous

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Projects

  • The Aspen Project: dedicated to helping "students and lab personnel [to become] fully capable of understanding and working with modern laboratory technologies"
  • BELIEF: a set of "different projects and initiatives involving researchers from across the world" working with e-Infrastructures in Europe
  • epSOS – the European eHealth Project: "aims to design, build and evaluate a service infrastructure that demonstrates cross-border interoperability between electronic health record systems in Europe"
  • HIBBs: "seeks to build workforce capacity in resource constrained environments to plan, develop, manage, and use health information and communications technology (HICT) applications, with the goal of improving the delivery of health care"
  • OpenNotes: "an initiative that invites patients to review their visit notes written by their doctors, nurses, or other clinicians"
  • p-medicine Project: a European initiative to create "an innovative and integrated technological solution to enable personalised medicine"

Datasets

  • Data.gov: a U.S. initiative "to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government"
  • Mouse Genome Informatics: a massive collection of resources (books, datasets, analysis tools, etc.) related to the study of the mouse genome
  • NHS iView: "a free resource that provides flexible access to a wide range of health and social care data"
  • WorldWideScience.org: "a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals"

Research centers and organizations

Videos

Bids and RFPs