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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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"Comprehending the health informatics spectrum: Grappling with system entropy and advancing quality clinical research"

Clinical research is complex. The knowledge base is information- and data-rich, where value and success depend upon focused, well-designed connectivity of systems achieved through stakeholder collaboration. Quality data, information, and knowledge must be utilized in an effective, efficient, and timely manner to affect important clinical decisions and communicate health prevention strategies. In recent decades, it has become apparent that information communication technology (ICT) solutions potentially offer multidimensional opportunities for transforming health care and clinical research. However, it is also recognized that successful utilization of ICT in improving patient care and health outcomes depends on a number of factors such as the effective integration of diverse sources of health data; how and by whom quality data are captured; reproducible methods on how data are interrogated and reanalyzed; robust policies and procedures for data privacy, security and access; usable consumer and clinical user interfaces; effective diverse stakeholder engagement; and navigating the numerous eclectic and non-interoperable legacy proprietary health ICT solutions in hospital and clinic environments. This is broadly termed health informatics (HI). (Full article...)

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LIMSwiki books
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A LIMSwiki book is a collection of LIMSwiki articles that can be easily saved to the wiki, rendered electronically in PDF, or ordered as a printed book. Need to know more about LIMSwiki books?

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LIMSwiki journal articles
Open-access articles becoming more common

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.

Open-source software

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Latest news

April 11, 2017:

New to the wiki today is the guide Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States. This guide provides an in-depth discussion of the ever-changing status of laboratory testing and regulation of the cannabis plant in the United States. From the history, regulations, and standards to the chemical properties of cannabis and the laboratory methods used to define them, this Creative Commons-based work covers the social, political, and economic circumstances surrounding the controversial plant. It also looks at the equipment, software, and reporting of testing labs; provides future-looking trends and guidance both nationally and internationally; and offers a full directory of resources associated with cannabis testing and legislation. Enjoy!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 02:00, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

January 3, 2017:

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2016 had its share of ups and downs for many, and the same holds true for LIMSwiki. From a web attack to dealing with time constraints, it was all about resources, resources, resources. As the wiki has grown over the years, more time has been required for weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. maintenance tasks. Despite this, however, a few new projects sprung up on the wiki. Though not complete, we made significant headway on a directory (with external links) of U.S. government- and/or self-certified Small Business Administration (SBA) entities offering custom software development and general IT services under government contract. (The idea was those seeking laboratory and scientific informatics implementations could also investigate SBA providers for their service needs.) Developing and adding content for book format was also a goal in 2016, including topics such as medical implants, chemistry, health and biomedical informatics, and web application security, among others. And of course we had smaller updates, such as adding LinkedIn URLs to vendor pages, to go along with long-term maintenance and content addition goals like expanding our open-access journal articles on a weekly basis. Finally, development of a huge education-related project took up a significant portion of the latter part of 2016; details will appear here in the news in the coming month or so.

We hope in 2017 to continue adding useful content while striving to find balance with the increasing number of maintenance tasks. Happy wikiing, and Happy New Year!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:43, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Most popular pages

This section represents most popular pages by page view as of January 2016. You can still find records of our Top 30 listings back to April 2012 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.

The most popular pages (by page views) on LIMSwiki as of November 6, 2017 are:

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