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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.

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COVID-19 Laboratory Resources

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A few important resources concerning the COVID-19 disease—in particular relating to laboratory testing—have been added to LIMSwiki. This section collates those internal articles for your convenience. Additionally, a few key external links are also included here.


: COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory (Version 2.0 update, August 2020)

Guidance documents and authorized in vitro diagnostic test kits

Laboratory testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in suspected human cases (WHO)
Laboratory biosafety guidance related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (WHO)
Policy for diagnostic tests for Coronavirus Disease-2019 during the public health emergency (FDA)
Frequently asked questions on COVID-19 testing at laboratories (with links to guidance documents) (CDC)
In vitro diagnostics emergency use authorizations (EUAs), with test kit instructions (FDA)

Relevant LIMSwiki articles

COVID-19 (the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2)
SARS-CoV-2 (the caronavirus strain responsible for COVID-19)
Coronavirus (the virus family, of which SARS-CoV-2 is a member)
COVID-19 testing
Nucleic acid amplification test

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LIMSwiki books
Examples of books printed from Wikipedia

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?

Laboratory informatics software and products
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

Looking for open-source software solutions to make your lab or office more efficient? Try these locations:

Additional LIMSwiki resources

We've created several resources for users of the wiki over the years, including the LIMSwiki informatics resource portal, which contains among other tools:

  1. Magazines, journals, and blogs
  2. Organizations, not-for-profits, and special interest groups
  3. Conferences and trade shows
  4. Consultants
  5. Knowledge base, research, and reference

Popular in-house guides:

: Comprehensive Guide to Developing and Implementing a Cybersecurity Plan
: COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory
: Past, Present, and Future of Cannabis Laboratory Testing and Regulation in the United States, Third Edition

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Latest news

August 27, 2020:

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With input from others, more work has been put into the guide COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory. Not only has the rapidly changing state of the COVID-19 pandemic forced more timely updates to this guide, but also a need to clarify how a laboratory can get started with COVID-19 and other respiratory testing became obvious. As such, the guide receives an entire new chapter on the considerations surrounding adding such testing workflow to your lab. Additionally, statistics have been updated, new test methods and findings have been added, citations have been updated and added, and other minor tweaks have been made. As such, the guide has been incremented from version 1.1 to 2.0. Hope you find the new content useful. Stay safe!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 22:24, 27 August 2020 (UTC)

July 24, 2020:

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After some on-again, off-again research, we finally had time to put the finishing touches on a cybersecurity guide. With more laboratories than ever using networked hardware and software tools to manage data, improve workflows, and provide insights, it seemed time to address the importance of laboratories focusing on cybersecurity. We say "laboratories," but to be fair, our completed Comprehensive Guide to Developing and Implementing a Cybersecurity Plan and its companion piece, An Example Cybersecurity Plan, will undoubtedly be useful to practically any business wanting to take a start at or improve existing cybersecurity planning. The guide provides background to cybersecurity planning, proposes a 10-step process for creating a plan, and offers up a simplified version of security controls from NIST Special Publication 800-53, Rev. 4, tied into our existing LIMSpec document. The example plan puts that 10-step process to work in the fictional environmental lab ABC123 Co. We hope you find both documents useful. May your cybersecurity efforts be fruitful!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:02, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

June 1, 2020:

The Most Popular Pages section has been removed from the front page of LIMSwiki today. For much of its existence, it stood as a fun means to see which pages were receiving the most viewer traffic, while also providing insights into which pages deserved a touch more editing attention. However, in recent years, it has been coopted by others to artificially inflate page views of specific vendor pages, to give those vendors a higher and unjustified ranking. This largely destroyed the original fun and intent of the tool, leaving it largely meaningless. In retrospect, a tool that included the word "popular" was inevitably going to be turned into a popularity contest, which is partially my fault. Alas ...

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:17, 1 June 2020 (UTC)