July 13, 2016      
Laboratory Informatics Weekly Update

 Volume 14, Issue 28


In This Issue


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.”

Icebergs Ahead - How's your Disaster Recovery Plan?

With record-retention mandates differing worldwide, organizations cannot be too risk averse in their backup retention policies. The risk of not doing so can have both legal and financial consequences including fines, shutdowns, and loss of revenue. This article discusses recommended action items for virtual machines and questions to consider when writing a Disaster Recovery Plan.

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."
 Webcast Focus

July 20, 2016 at 2pm EDT: How Much Does a LIMS Cost - Licensing and Beyond...

What factors, considerations, and costs should you be exploring beyond those of LIMS licensing, hardware, and standard implementation when submitting a comprehensive budget for your LIMS project?

JULY 19, 2016: Autoscribe Presents Environmental Sampling Management Webinar

Autoscribe Informatics is presenting a webinar designed for anyone involved in sampling to monitor sanitary conditions in food beverage production and other industries. Taking place on Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 4 PM in the UK, 5 PM in Europe, 8 AM Pacific Standard Time and 11 AM Eastern Daylight Time, the webinar introduces Autoscribe’s Environmental Monitoring Solution. This module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) is perfect for the management of environmental sampling of production and storage areas by uniquely linking sampling point locations, test results and corrective action plans in one easy to use graphical environment.
 Event Focus

July 25-27, 2016: 12th Laboratory Informatics Summit

A Comprehensive Discussion on Informatics from Genomics, R&D, Clinical, Quality, and Manufacturing Perspectives to Address Top Industry Challenges! This interactive program will allow for a higher level of discussion on how a more robust informatics structure can lead directly to increased R&D efficiency, faster & more effective clinical trials, reduced downtime in production, and most importantly, more time to focus on innovation when your data is accessed and analyzed with ease.
 Bid / RFP / RFI Opportunities

DUE JULY 15, 2016: Request for Proposal - Online Laboratory Information Management LIMS System

Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship IDALS seeks a computerized Laboratory Information Management LIMS System that will provide the Laboratory with management information tools to allow for efficient Laboratory operations in producing timely and accurate analytical data and assessment reports, and to make validated data available to all required parties.

DUE JULY 22, 2016: Request for Proposal - Electronic Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for vendors to provide a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for the ISP forensic laboratories
 Recent News

07/12/2016 - Cloud-Based Big Data Warehouses Deliver Unparalleled Benefits for Healthcare

PHEMI, developer of enterprise-grade big data privacy, governance, and management solutions, today released a new white paper, Healthcare Big Data Warehouse in the Cloud. Produced in conjunction with healthcare cloud computing firm, ClearDATA, the white paper illustrates the benefits cloud-based big data warehouses offer healthcare organizations.

07/05/2016 - HORIBA Medical and LabThruPut Sign a Distribution Agreement Covering the US & Canada for the LabThruPut Middleware Platform

HORIBA Medical and Labthroughput LLC (LabThruPut) announced that they have entered into an agreement for the US & Canadian distribution of the Laboratory Decision Support Software by LabThruPut, which allows Auto-Verification and sample follow-up across laboratory disciplines and enables connectivity to multiple sites and multiple Laboratory Information Systems of virtually an unlimited number of instruments.

07/01/2016 - IDBS enhances chemistry offering with brand new web-based module for E‑WorkBook

IDBS today announced it has released a fully featured web- based chemistry electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). As a module of the flagship E‑WorkBook platform, the product is designed to support synthetic organic workflows in discovery chemistry.
 Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2016: 14th Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum

The world’s largest event for temperature-controlled life science supply chains will return this year with extended topic focuses, session formats, speaking faculty and vendor options. Update and adapt your supply chain processes to tackle future challenges and ensure maximum compliance and quality at minimum cost. With constant evolving regulatory requirements across the globe, the 14th Cold Chain – GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum will help your company balance quality, risk and cost to achieve compliance and maintain product integrity. Subscribers of LimsFinder receive 20% off rates with code: 14CCGF_LIMSFINDER

AUGUST 8, 2016: 2016 National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC)

The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) is the largest conference focused on environmental measurements in North America! The conference brings together scientists and managers from federal and state agencies, the regulated community, academia, and laboratory and engineering support communities. NEMC features presentations, posters, training, exhibits, and networking opportunities.

JULY 25 - 26, 2016: Virginia AWWA/VWEA Lab Practices Conference

22nd Annual Good Laboratory Practice Conference: This conference is designed to provide the latest information on major issues such as method updates, laboratory accreditation, and new technologies.
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