LIMSWiki:Resources/Research and reference

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About these tools

Not all of these knowledge bases and research and reference tools directly relate to laboratory and other types of informatics. However, they all could be considered useful tools for anyone researching either informatics or other scientific disciplines. Note: some of the resources found here may be repeated in other section of the resource guide. Additionally, there may be tools useful for research not found here but found elsewhere in the resource guide. For example, many open-access journals may make for great research tools, but they appear elsewhere in the LIMSWiki:Resources guide.

Knowledge base, research, and reference

Knowledge bases and portals

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  • AmericanEHR Partners: "dedicated to the creation of an online community of clinicians who use information technology to deliver care to Americans"
  • CAP TODAY Product Guide: laboratory software and instrumentation "product guides [that] make it easy to view and assess lab instruments and software feature by feature"
  • DLINE: a "scholarly portal to access journals, research services, alerts, register for meetings and renew your membership" with DLINE
  • FreeBooks4Doctors: "created to promote the free availability of medical books on the Internet"
  • Free Medical Journals: "created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals on the Internet"
  • Health Mash: a "health knowledge base and semantic search and discovery engine for trusted health information"
  • Health-e-Directory: "a comprehensive listing of products and service solutions for e-Health"
  • ipl2: "supports and enhances library services through the provision of authoritative collections, information assistance, and information instruction for the public"
  • Journal Watch: a web portal "providing brief, clearly written, clinically focused perspectives on the medical developments that affect practice"
  • KLAS Enterprises: "helps healthcare providers make informed technology decisions by reporting accurate, honest, and impartial vendor performance data"
  • MedExpert/WWW: "intends to be a comprehensive source for world-wide available medical expert and knowledge-based systems;" not clear if still actively being supported
Informatics categories
Bioinformatics software
Bioinformatics online services
Healthcare software
  • OpenClinical: aims to "publicise and disseminate development tools and techniques for building healthcare applications that comply with the highest possible quality, safety and ethical standards"
  • OpenHelix: a relevancy search tool of "tutorial suites and hundreds of bioinformatics resources"
  • a search engine "searching medical peer-reviewed information" from numerous sources
  • a search engine "searching radiology peer-reviewed information" from numerous sources
  • "a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals"
  • Zetoc Research Database:" provides Z39.50-compliant access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC)"

Research tools

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  • Archives Hub: a search hub for discovering the archived content of over 220 institutions in the U.K.
  • BioMed Central: access to over 250 peer-reviewed open access journals
  • British Library - Public Catalogue: "a one-stop solution for the discovery and delivery of local and remote resources, such as books, journal articles, and digital objects"
  • CiteSeer: "an evolving scientific literature digital library and search engine that has focused primarily on the literature in computer and information science"
  • Cogprints: "an electronic archive for self-archive papers in any area of psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics, and many areas of computer science," biology, and medicine
  • a U.S. initiative "to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government"
  • Embase: a "database covering the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to the present day"
  • getCITED: "an online, member-controlled academic database, directory and discussion forum"
  • HealthCyberMap: a collection of information related to an effort to map "the health cyberspace using Hypermedia GIS and clinical codes"
  • HINARI: provides "free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical and related social sciences to local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries"
  • INFOMINE: "a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level"
  • LIMS Resource Center: "literature, publications, and free white papers on a multitude of LIMS applications," via ChemWare; registration required
  • LIMSpec: "a template to help you gather your laboratory's information management system requirements," via the Laboratory Informatics Institute (additional info)
  • "a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their workflows and in silico experiments, share them with groups and find those of others"
  • The National Academies Press: "publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy"
  • PubMed and PubMed Central: citations and searches for standard and open-access biomedical literature
  • PubMed Online Training: a collection of articles and animated tutorials to help users better learn how to use PubMed
  • ResourceShelf: a collection of free web resources, "including databases, lists and rankings, real-time sources, and multimedia," including editor comments and observations about those resources
  • SCImago Journal and Country Rank: "a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database"
  • "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"
  • Scirus: "allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists' homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information"
  • WikiCFP: a wiki for calls for papers

Reference material

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  • Wiki: a bioinformatics wiki set up by Bioinformatics Organization, Inc., containing more than 900 pages of content
  • Find-A-Code: "an online database of medical billing codes and information"
  • HDD Access: "the public version of the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary (HDD)" which provides "a comprehensive concept-based clinical terminology that you can use for any purpose"
  • The History of Health Informatics: a brief history of health informatics as presented by the Department of Health Informatics and Health Information Management, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • HONselect: a "search integrator for strictly medical and health queries"
  • L-Soft: CataList, the official catalog of LISTSERV lists
  • LIMSbook: a reference guide to popular LIMS, comparing them and listing prices, via the Laboratory Informatics Institute
  • LIMSuniversity: an open-access learning site with a few general laboratory informatics courses
  • MedBio World: The following reference tools can be found at MedBio World...
  • The Merck Manual: "a series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers"
  • Multi-Level Healthcare Information Modelling: reference material relating to multi-level information modeling, "an approach to software development to create semantically interoperable applications by using a generic reference model as a basis for software and then defining concept models as restrictions on the reference model"
  • NeuroLex: "a dynamic lexicon of neuroscience terms ... to help improve the way that neuroscientists communicate about their data, so that information systems like the NIF can find data more easily and provide more powerful means of integrating data that occur across distributed resources."
  • NHS Dictionary of Medicines and Devices: "a dictionary containing unique identifiers (codes) and associated textual descriptions for representing medicines and medical devices in information systems and electronic communications"
  • 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"