LabLynx compiles and publishes books on a wide variety of topics that all members can access and read online or download at their convenience.
These range from annual scientific journal compilations, to course guides, manuals and topics of interest, with titles like:
This selection is by no means the whole library. Keep an eye out for new titles released on an almost daily basis, so make sure you visit LIMSbook.com often!. All publications are free and accessible through sciCloud.net, the free online community for all laboratory, scientific and healthcare professionals (http://scicloud.net).
LIMSbook is predicated on the various wikis in the community, primarily LIMSwiki.org. That means you can create your own books in .pdf format whenever you want as well. Just find the information you want and collate the pages using the "Create a Book" function, or download page by page.
LIMSwiki.org is the wiki site created by the Laboratory Informatics Institute specifically for the laboratory, science, health and laboratory informatics (info/data management) community and related industries. LIMSwiki contains over 1,200 articles on a great range of topics of interest to this community, all documented and cited. It provides an excellent source of material that is ideally suited to collation into books and distributed through sciCloud.net® and LIMSbook.com.
LIMSwiki is designed, as are most wikis, as a collaborative knowledge base. From its Main Page:
"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.Like any community wiki, the value and success of LIMSwiki is dependent upon the scientific community contributing their vast knowledge through the creation of relevant articles and editing of existing articles where knowledge is absent."
Members of the community are thus encouraged to contribute to the larger knowledge base through LIMSwiki, as well as through sciCloud.net® discussions, projects, journal publication and more. It is in this way that the community itself are served and ultimately advanced through collaboration.
One of the many tools introduced by the Laboratory Informatics Institute has been the LIMSpec. The LIMspec is a database of generic and specific URS (User Requirement Specifications) for laboratory, science and healthcare software applications such as LIMS/LIS, ELNs, SDMSs etc., along with templates, formats and guidance on how to select those relevant to a given need. They can then make up the requirements section of an RFP, RFI etc., and serve as criteria for selection of an app or system. Some of these are published from time to time through LIMSbook.
The LIMSpec has seen a number of iterations since it was first introduced. Initially, it was a catalog of carefully selected individual requirements gleaned from dozens of real-world RFPs and RFIs, sometimes edited for better suitability or clarity, plus a number of requirements produced by the LIMSinstitute team based on knowledge and experience of the subject, all designed to provide effective requirements matrix building for those looking to acquire a system. It was provided in a format that allowed selected specs to be generated as an .rtf document. This was used in many cases by laboratories or other scientific entities as a more cost-effective route than hiring a consultant - many of whom in reality tend to be only familiar with one or two systems, and indeed, often rewarded by those brands for any sales. It provided a way to objectively measure systems and companies against each other, putting buyers in a place of informed power for perhaps the first time in many cases.
"LIMSpec specifications are designed to help both system users and vendors alike, for any kind of information management applications or systems in the laboratory, scientific and healthcare community. Specifications from applicable organizations (e.g. FDA, EPA, CLIA, HIPAA, etc.) are sifted through and specs created that (a) contain the common points, (b) identify and provide applicable unique specs from each and (c) do it in clear, understandable language, along with any additional information to help the reader more fully comprehend it.
The latest iteration of the LIMSpec is as an entire wiki site, which can be accessed at http://limspec.com.
For those interested in learning about LabLynx, Inc., our own wiki is called LabLynxPress.com, accessed at http://lablynxpress.com. LabLynxPress is LabLynx's own BOK (Body Of Knowledge), containing in-depth information about the company, its products, services, resources and related information. It operates in the same fashion as any other wiki, except contributions and editing permissions are obviously limited to LabLynx staff.
Much of LabLynxPress's content is transcluded onto the LabLynx website and/or other sites, products or publications.Occasionally manuals, brochures or other materials may be published through LIMSbook in sciCloud.net®.
- "Welcome to MediaWiki.org (Main Page)". https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "Laboratory Informatics Institute". http://www.limswiki.org/index.php/Laboratory_Informatics_Institute. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- "LIMSpec Wiki Main Page". Laboratory Informatics Institute. 23 December 2015. http://www.limspec.com/index.php?. Retrieved 29 July 2016.