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The importance of a laboratory information management system in a research setting

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Presentation by Absolomon Kihara at a training workshop on the principles of laboratory management and equipment operations held at Holetta Agricultural Research Centre, Ethiopia, 21 June 2013.

Presentation by Absolomon Kihara at a training workshop on the principles of laboratory management and equipment operations held at Holetta Agricultural Research Centre, Ethiopia, 21 June 2013.

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  • 1. The importance of a laboratory information management system in a research setting Absolomon Kihara ILRI Biorepository Manager Training workshop on the principles of laboratory management and equipment operations Holetta Agricultural Research Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 21 June 2013
  • 2. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration
  • 3. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration
  • 4. What is a LIMS A LIMS is an integrated system that is meant to manage the activities and resources in a laboratory. Labcollector Labcollector is one of MANY systems that tries to solve the challenges of managing the different aspects of a laboratory in a research setting. Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 5. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 6. Data (Information) – why it matters Huge amounts of data being generated every day by the different processes and machines  For a better and holistic understanding of the science  Better management of the laboratory resources  The “currency” of the world  Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 7. Systems – why they matter      Vast amounts of data being generated They can be automated unlike human beings Can simplify even the most complicated tasks For better management of the lab Because we are lazy Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 8. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration
  • 9. Examples of modules in a LIMS         Equipment Samples Primers Animal/Plants Reagents and Supplies Documents Photo Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 10. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration
  • 11. Ideal Requirements       Open source Using open source/free frameworks Easy to interface with other systems Customizable Dynamic Affordable Looking for the perfect LIMS is like looking for a companion, you may not find, and probably you wont find the perfect one, you just have to settle with the one that you can tolerate. Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 12. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration
  • 13. Equipment Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 14. ../Equipment Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 15. Samples Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 16. ../Samples Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 17. Reagents and Supplies Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 18. ../Reagents and Supplies Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 19. Primers Module Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 20. Introduction Overview Data and Systems Modules Ideal Requirements Modules – “up close and personal” Systems Integration
  • 21. Systems Integration (Why?)     Lack of a comprehensive system Different needs by different labs Automation of routine procedures Different systems using different databases but interrogating the same data Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 22. Systems Integration scenarios   Data/Information display systems http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/avid_data/trays.php Skeleton system for specific partners ◦ http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/avid/ ◦ http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/ideal/  Other plug in systems ◦ Barcode generation system: http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/LabelsPrinter/ ◦ Photo management system: http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/photo_gallery/ Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 23. ../other plug in systems ◦ Stabilate system:  http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/stabilates/ ◦ Data import system:  http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/LimsUploader/ ◦ Equipment monitoring system:  http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org, http://azizi.ilri.cgiar.org/freezerweb/ Laboratory Management and Equipment Maintenance Workshop, Holetta ARC, 21st June 2013 by Kihara A.
  • 24. THANKS Questions???

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