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Welcome to, the laboratory, health, and science informatics encyclopedia and knowledge repository.
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LIMSwiki is a MediaWiki-based platform dedicated to the scientific community, featuring organized, cited, up-to-date content regarding all aspects of laboratory informatics, bioinformatics, health informatics, and other types of informatics, as well as other technological, regulatory, and standardization topics relating to the laboratory. LIMSwiki also strives to maintain relevant knowledge about a variety of laboratory systems, including commercial and open-source software likely to be used in a laboratory setting. This includes many of the known vendors of such software.

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OptiGUI DataCollector is a Python 3.8-based graphical user interface (GUI) that facilitates automated data collection in optics and photonics research and development equipment. It provides an intuitive and easy-to-use platform for controlling a wide range of optical instruments, including spectrometers and lasers. OptiGUI DataCollector is a flexible and modular framework that enables simple integration with different types of devices. It simplifies experimental workflow and reduces human error by automating parameter control, data acquisition, and analysis. OptiGUI DataCollector is currently focused on optical mode conversion utilizing fiber optic technologies ... (Full article...)

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Outside the wiki's encyclopedic content, more than a decade's worth of guides and white papers, question and answer (Q&A) articles, journal articles, and books can be found. Use the search portals and links below to search through and navigate this extensive content. You may also find links to this wiki's more popular guides in the left-hand navigation of the site.

Guides, white papers, and more


A LIMSwiki guide or white paper is a topical, cited work researched, written, and edited to meet a certain standard of rigor. The topics of these guides and white papers have been chosen over the years to address both contemporary and long-time themes in laboratory and scientific informatics, as well as technologically adjacent themes like cloud computing and cybersecurity. (Note that in the LII: namespace where these are found, once can also find other "launch" pages for material such as recorded webinars, EdX courses, and other industry works.)
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LIMS Q&A articles


A LIMSwiki Q&A article is a brief topical article that is researched, written, and edited to answer a specific question, with necessary citations. The questions asked in these articles usually relate to specific industries that depend on laboratories, the laboratory informatics applications used in those industries, or some other laboratory/informatics-adjacent topic such as ISO/IEC 17025. A loose limit of 1,200 to 1,400 words is strived for, but sometimes they may go significantly longer in order to best answer the question.
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Journal articles

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A LIMSwiki journal article is a selected open-access article relating to various fields of informatics, laboratory management, and data management, free to republish elsewhere with proper citation. You can browse the collection using the tools below. (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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A LIMSwiki book is a special rendered collection of articles across various namespaces in LIMSwiki. It may come in the form of a curated list of encyclopedic articles on a given topic, a special collection of journal articles in the Journal: namespace, or it may be a collection of all the pages of a given white paper or guide in the LII: namespace (which can then be exported to other sites, like LIMSforum).
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June 1, 2024:

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It's been a while. How about a few updates? First, today you'll notice a bit of a refresh of the front page. It was becoming increasingly obvious that for a wiki that's been around for well over a decade, finding something across the various namespaces (i.e., areas) still wasn't easy. A plethora of links were pasted across the front page, but that wasn't enough. This front page update is the first of several steps towards making knowledge and information a bit more findable on the wiki (there's always more that can be done). We now have a mini search portal for our four larger non-encyclopedic areas: guides and white papers, Q&A articles, journal articles, and books. This not only highlights these four areas more prominently but also gives users several ways to search and navigate the content in those areas. Second, a difficult decision was made to scale back vendor content. To the point prior about highlighting this wiki's encyclopedic and non-encyclopedic knowledge repository, it was time to move the vendors from the encyclopedic space to their own namespace, the Vendor: namespace. While vendor content is still highly useful to LIMSWiki users, its no longer as front-facing. Additionally, maintaining feature tables for each vendor was increasingly labor-intensive. As such, feature tables were removed, recognizing at the same time the onus remains fully on vendors to be more transparent about making public the full functionality of their offerings so potential buyers can make more informed decisions. Vendor records still retain their history, highlight offerings (i.e., LIMS, LIS, ELN, SDMS, and CDS), industries served, and other original information. Shawn Douglas (talk) 19:06, 1 June 2024 (UTC)

November 20, 2023:

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Are you studying some sort of laboratory-based science in university? How well do your classes address laboratory informatics topics, particularly in the scope of industrial labs and how they operate outside of academia? If you find the discussion lacking, then his guide by industry veteran Joe Liscouski will be worth a look. In his guide A Science Student's Guide to Laboratory Informatics, Liscouski presents "an annotated map of the laboratory portion of a technological world, identifying critical points of interest and how they relate to one another, while making recommendations for the reader to learn more." Hope you find it useful! Shawn Douglas (talk) 18:48, 20 November 2023 (UTC)