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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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"The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship"

There is an urgent need to improve the infrastructure supporting the reuse of scholarly data. A diverse set of stakeholders — representing academia, industry, funding agencies, and scholarly publishers — have come together to design and jointly endorse a concise and measureable set of principles that we refer to as the FAIR Data Principles. The intent is that these may act as a guideline for those wishing to enhance the reusability of their data holdings. Distinct from peer initiatives that focus on the human scholar, the FAIR Principles put specific emphasis on enhancing the ability of machines to automatically find and use the data, in addition to supporting its reuse by individuals. This comment article represents the first formal publication of the FAIR Principles, and it includes the rationale behind them as well as some exemplar implementations in the community. (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.

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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:

Lab book - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - DSC08822.JPG

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 June 5, 2017 are:

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  3. Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware‏‎ (72,256 views)
  4. LIMS vendor (71,590 views)
  5. LIS vendor (47,447 views)
  6. ELN vendor (29,107 views)
  7. LIMS feature (25,298 views)
  8. 21 CFR Part 11/Audit guidelines and checklist‏‎ (21,051 views)
  9. Laboratory information system (15,535 views)
  10. Laboratory informatics (14,563 views)
  11. LIS feature (13,809 views)
  12. Physician office laboratory (12,992 views)
  13. LabLynx, Inc. (12,990 views)
  14. SLCLAB Informática SL (12,843 views)
  15. Thermo Scientific (11,763 views)
  16. Laboratory information management system (11,673 views)
  17. LabWare, Inc. (11,660 views)
  18. Health informatics (9,851 views)
  19. Electronic laboratory notebook‏‎ (8,533 views)
  20. Scientific data management system (7,934 views)
  21. Oxwall (6,876 views)
  22. Reference laboratory (6,532 views)
  23. Cloud computing (6,443 views)
  24. ClinCapture (6,405 views)
  25. Laboratory, Scientific, and Health Informatics Buyer's Guide‏‎ (6,285 views)
  26. 21 CFR Part 11‏‎ (6,171 views)
  27. LIMSwiki mission (6,094 views)
  28. ELN feature‏‎ (5,988 views)
  29. LIMS and laboratory informatics questionnaire (5,807 views)
  30. LabVantage Solutions, Inc.‏‎ (5,522 views)