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September 18, 2017 - Electronic laboratory notebooks in a public–private partnership
This report shares the experience during selection, implementation and maintenance phases of an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) in a public–private partnership project and comments on users' feedback. In particular, we address which time constraints for roll-out of an ELN exist in granted projects and which benefits and/or restrictions come with out-of-the-box solutions. We discuss several options for the implementation of support functions and potential advantages of open-access solutions.  Click Here to read the full journal article

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September 08, 2017 - SEPTEMBER 6, 2017, 1:30PM EDT/5:30PM UTC: Webinar - LIMS for the Cannabis QA Testing Laboratory

The LiMSforum will be holding an hour long educational webinar on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 where we will be discussing the Cannabis laboratory business and the use and application of LIMS to the Cannabis lab. Here is the link to the webinar:

If you are in the cannabis testing business or want to learn more about the application of LIMS to the cannabis lab, please join us for the this very important and educational webinar.

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August 09, 2017 - Electronic lab notebooks: Can they replace paper?
Despite the increasingly digital nature of society, there are some areas of research that remain firmly rooted in the past; in this case the laboratory notebook, the last remaining paper component of an experiment. Countless electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) have been created in an attempt to digitize record keeping processes in the lab, but none of them have become a "key player" in the ELN market, due to the many adoption barriers that have been identified in previous research and further explored in the user studies presented here.

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August 01, 2017 - New Book "Lab Information Management (LIMS) for Cannabis Quality Assurance" Released
LabLynx, Inc., announces the publication of its latest book, "Lab Information Management (LIMS) for Cannabis Quality Assurance," available in hard copy or by free download at

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July 19, 2017 - Lab Information Management (LIMS) for Cannabis Quality Assurance
As the cannabis testing industry grows more and more, so does the need for laboratories to be able to trust a professional LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) to ensure accurate and speedy results, reports, regulatory compliance and the many other aspects of data management required.

LabLynx Press is pleased to announce our new book to help Cannabis laboratories with the evaluation and selection of all types of informatics applications for managing cannabis testing and quality assurance.  To download your free copy of the ebook or purchase the print edition, visit:  You can also read the book on-line and discuss content and ask questions within the discussion groups on LiMSforum.

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July 10, 2017 - The Complete Guide to LIMS & Laboratory Informatics: Summer 2017 Edition
LiMSwiki has just released the the latest LIMS and Lab Informatics Buyer's Guide. 

This guide originally started in 2011 with 15 LIMS/LI vendors that included pricing for those vendors. Today's edition has over 50 vendors including pricing and links to video demonstrations of their products. Also, there are comprehensive chapters to cover LIMS requirements and other educational information that is valuable for those seeking to learn more about LIMS in general.

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January 25, 2017 - SCIFIO: An extensible framework to support scientific image formats
In this short paper published in December 2016, Hiner et al. of the University of Wisconsin at Madison demonstrate their open-source library SCIFIO (SCientific Image Format Input and Output). Built on inspiration from the Bio-Formats library for microscopy image data, SCIFIO attempts to act as “a domain-independent image I/O framework enabling seamless and extensible translation between image metadata models.” Rather than fight with the difficulties of repeating experiments based on data in proprietary formats, SCIFIO’s open-source nature help with reproducibility of research results and proves “capable of adapting to the demands of scientific imaging analysis.”

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December 19, 2016 - openBIS ELN-LIMS: An open-source database for academic laboratories

Scientific recording is an essential part of research, as progress in science depends among other factors on existing knowledge and reproducibility. Recording is the process by which the scientific question, the choice of an experimental procedure, materials and methods, data analysis and interpretation of the results are gathered. Traditionally, all these details were kept in paper notebooks.

Click here to read the complete Journal Article

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December 14, 2016 - Where is the LIMS industry headed?
Back in 2011, I started a discussion in the LIMS forum group asking the group for thoughts about where the LIMS industry was heading.  The discussion had 38 responses.  It is now coming up on 2017 and I think it is time to revisit this question.  Here is the original discussion:

Visit the discussion and post your thoughts on the direction you would like LIMS applications to head.

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December 07, 2016 - Bioinformatics workflow for clinical whole genome sequencing at Partners HealthCare Personalized Medicine
Genomic data is increasingly used to provide better, more focused clinical care. Or course, its associated datasets can be large, and it can take significant processing power to utilize and manage effectively. In this 2016 paper published in Journal of Personalized Medicine, Tsai et al. of Partners Healthcare describe their "bioinformatics strategy to efficiently process and deliver genomic data to geneticists for clinical interpretation." They conclude that with more research comes improved workflows and "filtrations that include larger portions of the non-coding regions as they start to have utility in the clinical setting, ultimately enabling the full utility of complete genome sequencing."

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November 30, 2016 - The impact of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability on immunization information system (IIS) data quality
Moving data between systems via an electronic exchange (interoperability) while keeping it clean is always a challenge. Data exchanged between electronic health records (EHR) and immunization information system (IIS) is no exception, as Woinarowicz and Howell demonstrate in this 2016 paper published in Online Journal of Public Health Informatics. Working for the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Disease Control, the duo explain how setting up their IIS for interoperability with provider EHRs "has had an impact on NDIIS data quality." They conclude: "Timeliness of data entry has improved and overall doses administered have remained fairly consistent, as have the immunization rates ... [but more] will need to be done by NDIIS staff and its vendor to help reduce the negative impact of duplicate record creation, as well as data completeness."

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October 19, 2016 - Integrated systems for NGS data management and analysis: Open issues and available solutions

Integrated systems for NGS data management and analysis: Open issues and available solutions

This 2016 paper by Bianchi et al., published in Frontiers in Genetics, takes a closer look at the major issues concerning next-generations sequencing (NGS) technology. The group raises five main concerns than an NGS research group should be aware of before approaching NGS technologies and briefly states positives and negatives to the most current popular tools. The group concludes "[a]lthough larger groups with enough computational members may prefer to develop and maintain their own tailored frameworks, smaller laboratories would save resources and improve their results by adopting solutions developed by third parties," including open-source and cloud-based tools.

Click here to read full article.

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September 28, 2016 - Smart electronic laboratory notebooks for the NIST research environment

Smart electronic laboratory notebooks for the NIST research environment

No doubt, the traditional paper laboratory notebook isn't quite enough in many of today's modern labs. The research and fabrication labs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are no exception. This late 2015 paper published in the 

Journal of Research of NIST expands upon the changing technological needs for a better and improved laboratory notebook, even beyond the largely software-focused electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). Gates et al. discuss how they added the hardware component with their push for a “smart” electronic laboratory notebook (SELN) that is portable, intuitive, collaborative, and usable on tablet-based hardware in a cleanroom. They conclude their SELN "provides a comfortable portability and connectivity crucial to its role, and could actually also serve as a desktop replacement for many who do not require extremely powerful computing resources."

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August 31, 2016 - Toxicology Labs – Not All Samples Are Created Equal
Toxicolology reference laboratories get excited about increases in volume of samples or specimens being screened by their laboratories. And they absolutely should – after all, laboratories are dependent on testing samples as their only source of income. However, it is important to note that “more” does not always equate to“better”. Why? Because from a reimbursement standpoint, not all samples are created equal.

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August 24, 2016 - Start using the free, cloud based ELN for academic & Research organizations. Free with No Limits. is proud to announce that sciNote, the Free, Cloud based ELN is now available at: Start using sciNote, on-demand.

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July 27, 2016 - Toxicology Labs- Why Simply Getting Paid is No Longer Enough
As a company which actively maximizes revenue for toxicology reference laboratories, we have witnessed a wide variety of billing and reimbursement scenarios over the past few years. Many of these scenarios are proper, but a large portion are either the result of not knowing any better, or worse yet, the result of knowingly false billing practices. The later scenarios can place your toxicology laboratory and all of your hard work at tremendous risk.

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July 25, 2016 - Principles and application of LIMS in mouse clinics
Clinical researchers conducting mouse studies at seven different facilities around the world shared their experiences using a laboratory information management system (LIMS) in order “to facilitate or even enable mouse and data management” better in their facilities. This 2015 paper by Maier et al. examines those discussions and final findings in a “review” format, concluding “the unique LIMS environment in a particular facility strongly influences strategic LIMS decisions and LIMS development” though “there is no universal LIMS for the mouse research domain that fits all requirements.”

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July 13, 2016 - From the desktop to the grid: Scalable bioinformatics via workflow conversion
This featured article from the journal BMC Bioinformaticsfalls on the heels of several years of discussion on the topic of reproducibility of a scientific experiment's end results. De la Garza et al. point to workflows and their repeatability as vital cogs in such efforts. "Breaking down the complexity of such experiments into the joint collaboration of small, repeatable, well defined tasks, each with well defined inputs, parameters, and outputs, offers the immediate benefit of identifying bottlenecks, pinpoint sections which could benefit from parallelization"

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July 13, 2016 - Open source data logger for low-cost environmental monitoring
This 2014 paper by Ed Baker of London’s Natural History Museum outlines a methodology for combining open-source software such as Drupal with open hardware like Arduino to create a real-time environmental monitoring station that is low-power and low-cost. Baker outlines step by step his approach (he calls it a “how to guide”) to creating an open-source environmental data logger that incorporates a digital temperature and humidity sensor. Though he offers no formal conclusions, Baker states: “It is hoped that the publication of this device will encourage biodiversity scientists to collaborate outside of their discipline, whether it be with citizen engineers or professional academics.”

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July 13, 2016 - Evaluating health information systems using ontologies
Evaluating health information systems/technology is no easy task. Eivazzadeh et al. recognize that, as well as the fact that developing evaluation frameworks presents its own set of challenges. Having looked at several different models, the researchers wished to develop their own evaluation method, one that taps into “evaluation aspects for a set of one or more health information systems — whether similar or heterogeneous — by organizing, unifying, and aggregating the quality attributes extracted from those systems and from an external evaluation framework.”

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July 09, 2016 - SUSHI: An exquisite recipe for fully documented, reproducible and reusable NGS data analysis
Many next-generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis frameworks exist, from Galaxy to bpipe. However, Hatakeyama et al. at the University of Zürich noted a distinct lack of a framework that 1. offers both web-based and scripting options and 2. "puts an emphasis on having a human-readable and portable file-based representation of the meta-information and associated data." In response, the researchers created SUSHI (Support Users for SHell-script Integration). They conclude that "in one solution, SUSHI provides at the same time fully documented, high level NGS analysis tools to biologists and an easy to administer, reproducible approach for large and complicated NGS data to bioinformaticians."

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June 15, 2016 - Toxicology Reference Laboratories: MAXIMIZE REIMBURSEMENT
Toxicology Reference Laboratories: MAXIMIZE REIMBURSEMENT
A Free Webinar Wednesday, June 15, 2016 (10:30am EST)

In today’s changing reimbursement environment it is more important than ever for Toxicology Reference Labs to maximize revenues by completely understanding the best billing and revenue cycle management processes as well as efficient workflows and revenue analytics. Our free webinar will walk you through historical trends of toxicology reference lab revenue as well as a future outlook on how to maximize revenues given the changing nature of the business. If you own, manage or work for a toxicology reference laboratory, this webinar should prove helpful for you and your future success.

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April 16, 2015 - A review of "Computerized Systems in the Modern Laboratory"
I was recently given a copy of the book: "Computerized Systems in the Modern Laboratory: a practical guide". by Joseph G. Liscouski. Joe is a very experienced and highly qualified LIMS expert that I have known for years. His profile speaks for itself. ...

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January 09, 2013 -® Launches Free Cloud Apps for Science at the Push of a Button
LabLynx, Inc. today announced the launch of the public beta release of®, the first ever free cloud app provider for the science, technology, manufacturing and health/medical community.® is groundbreaking in that it offers, for the first time ever, simple, affordable apps for science – without the need for an IT infrastructure. Users need only have access to the Internet. Apps are installed in their cloud account in seconds or minutes, with no technical skill or knowledge required. Instead of project managers, technical teams, buying and installing servers, configuring and maintaining them, etc., users simply select the app they want and click a button.

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January 07, 2013 - User Requirements
User requirements are perhaps the most important part of any comparison shopping experience, but they are often overlooked. Many users do not take the time to accurately define their requirements. Vendors do not really help the matter for a couple of reasons, the first reason being vendors are not the entity buying the system and whereas they can make suggestions, they cannot really define requirements for someone else. The second reason vendors do not help with this issue, is they really don’t have a vested interested in helping a client define the requirements.

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January 01, 2013 - Enters Public Beta Test Period
Starting January 7, 2013, will be starting its Open Public Beta testing. Everyone is invited to create a free account and install and test a growing library of cloud hosted applications for science, technology, healthcare and business.

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November 06, 2012 - Popular LIMS discussions in 2012 on Linkedin
Linkedin has become the largest interactive community for LIMS users & professionals and the two leading LIMS user groups on Linkedin are LIMS/LI (with over 4,000 members) and the LIMSforum ( with nearly 40,000 members). If you are a LIMS user or professional and are not yet a member of these groups you will want to visit these groups and check out the great discussions below. Some of these discussions have nearly 100 comments by user members!

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April 23, 2012 - Corporate-Friendly Open Source Licenses – Beware, not all software is truly free, some can come with a barb
I have been doing some research on the different types of Open Source licenses. The following is a good posting that quickly summarizes the potential dangers of Open Source to corporations. You just have to know the rules but as with all software, you need to live by the license agreement. The funny thing is that GPL touts “freedom” but it is a rather restricted “freedom”. it has all the ring of truth of the double speak/thought from the book 1984 by George Orwell. Now I am all for Open Source in the corporate environment but you have to be careful, especially beware of AGPLv3.

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April 22, 2012 - Experiences Using Cloud Computing for A Scienti&#64257;c Work&#64258;ow Application
Clouds are rapidly becoming an important platform for scientific applications. In this paper we describe our experiences running a scientific workflow application in the cloud.

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January 03, 2012 - Medieval Tech Support for your Laboratory Notebook
We all know that if you have a LIMS or a ELN that it comes with tech support. But did you know that tech support has existed since the Middle Ages for your paper based Lab Notebook?

Watch this hilarious video on Medieval Tech Support.

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