Sample Inventory Program

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Sample Inventory Program
Developer(s) Enfold Systems, Inc.
Initial release October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25) (1.0.2)[1]
Written in Python
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU Lesser General Public License

Sample Inventory Program or SIP was free open-source laboratory informatics software designed to manage sample inventories. However, only one open-source release of the software was made in 2005, with no updates since.

Product history

Enfold Systems, Inc. started the Sample Inventory Program project on SourceForge on October 11, 2005,[2] followed by the first release of the software as version 1.0.2 on October 25.[1] SIP was originally built for the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) under several grants, to be released as open-source software.[3]

No other releases of the software have been made. Enfold Systems indicated on their website a new version would be available in the first quarter of 2011, but no such public release seems to have been made.[3] The project is assumed to be dead.


The main features of Sample Inventory Program included[3]:

  • command-line imports
  • cross-project searches
  • project-level permissions
  • web-based interface
  • split aliquots into smaller units
  • derive aliquots into other sample types
  • hierarchal locations and containers
  • relational models
  • batch editing
  • project administration
  • advanced sample attributes
  • validation

Hardware/software requirements

Installation requirements for Sample Inventory Program included:

  • Zope 3.0.0
  • Python 2.3.5
  • Psycopgda, a PostgreSQL adapter
  • sybaseda
  • SQLObject 0.6.x (comes with SIP tarball)

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • Screenshots for Sample Inventory Manager could be found on the company website.
  • Online Flash demos were available via the website.

Entities using Sample Inventory Program

Further reading

External links