In this 2018 paper by Irawan and Rachmi, a proposed research data management plan (RDMP) for the university ecosystem is proposed. After introducing the concept of an RDMP and the layout, the authors describe seven major components to their plan, in the form of an assessment form: data collection; documentation and metadata; storage and backup; preservation; sharing and re-use; responsibilities and resources; and ethics and legal compliance. They conclude that the assessment form can help researchers "to describe the setting of their research and data management requirements from a potential funder ... [and] also develop a more detailed RDMP to cater to a specific project's environment."
In many scientific laboratories, routine laboratory operations are still carried out using manual, paper-based systems. Paper-based systems can be everything from transcribing instrument test results to managing inventories and documenting and scheduling instrument calibrations on spreadsheets. Lab automation is a critical business re-engineering that is enabled and optimized with the implementation of a good LIMS solution. Without the core LIMS technology, true lab automation can not be achieved and reliance on paper will continue to hold back growth. This reliance on paper has many negative side effects:
decreases the efficiency of the laboratory workplace
stifles innovation by forcing scientists into manual activities when they could be doing actual science
leaves the laboratory vulnerable to having valuable data misplaced, lost or destroyed
creates data integrity issues due to manual data transcription
exposes the company to regulatory risk due to data integrity and audit trail challenges
Informatics solutions, such a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), have been widely adopted across industries in order to meet these challenges. While LIMS provide a diverse array of functionality that serves to improve laboratory operations, the most important feature of a LIMS may be the ability to automate manual processes. In this blog, we will discuss some of the most important ways that LIMS can help automate your laboratory.
It is well established within the laboratory informatics community that integrating your lab instruments to your LIMS is an industry best practice. The benefits one can realize through instrument integration include:
Improving lab and technician efficiency
Reducing sample turnaround time, increasing sample throughput
Increasing researcher effectiveness (do more science)
Increasing data quality through the elimination of transcription errors
Increasing regulatory compliance and data integrity
Improving user and stakeholder satisfaction
Many laboratory organizations, although cognizant of the benefits, end up putting off integrating their lab instruments to their LIMS. This is often relegated to Phase 2 of the LIMS project which often never gets kicked off, which is bad news. If you are one of those labs that have not integrated your instruments to your LIMS, and realize those benefits.
Please join us for the 2018 Abbott Informatics Customer Forum at the JW Marriott in Miami, Florida, October 9-12, 2018. We’ve designed the conference this year, with 2 tracks, an educational track and a technical track to offer content relevant to everyone that touches STARLIMS. From executives, managers, developers, and end-users, to those new to STARLIMS and long-term loyal customers, there will be something for everyone!
DUE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2018, 2:00 PM Tarrant County is requesting proposals for PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TO SUPPORT INTERNAL DEVELOPMENT OF A MEDICAL EXAMINERS LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LIMS) for the MEDICAL EXAMINERS OFFFICE. RFP No. 2018-164 All documents related to this Proposal are available for download from the Bids/Requests for Proposals (RFPs) section of the Purchasing Page on the Tarrant County website.