The community portal is a place to track the initiatives and development process of LIMSwiki. If you're new to the wiki and need help, please consult the "Get started" section of the home page.

Community information center

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.

The development and curation of LIMSwiki has closely followed this definition since its inception in early 2011. Yet given limited contributors and a rapidly changing technology atmosphere, it's been difficult to keep up with and produce content relevant to the industry. Despite these challenges, LIMSwiki remains an ambitious project dedicated to collating useful information about the growing industry and its players.

What follows is the list of recently completed, unfinished, scheduled, and planned initiatives to broaden the relevant scope of the wiki. The content within this portal will expand as more contributions are made and more help is requested for new and current initiatives.

LIMSwiki initiatives

We're now using a public mind map to show our initiatives, projects, tasks, and maintenance items. You can view this mind map here. You can find the LIMSwiki-related material under Open Member Community > Content Development > Open Access Content > LiMSwiki.

Latest news

November 23, 2020:

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Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, and with it plenty of changes since late August. As such, it was time to again update our guide COVID-19 Testing, Reporting, and Information Management in the Laboratory. For this "Fall 2020" edition (previous version was "2.0"), not only are historical data, statistics, URLs, and test kit information updated, as usual. This update also adds the latest on the long-term effects of the disease, organizational and agency guidance, changes to laboratory-developed tests, billing and reporting, point-of-care and at-home testing, biosafety, and much more. Some lengthy sections were also given a few subsection headers for better presentation. May the new content prove useful. Stay safe!

Shawn Douglas (talk) 17:07, 23 November 2020 (UTC)


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)

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