Yesterday, I made a post regarding making sure that you don’t lose your LabWare static data. Here is that post: More on Not Losing LabWare Static Data. Since then, I noticed some links from another blog that had to do with lost and deleted data with the LabWare system.
In any case, this is something you need to pay particular attention to. There are a few layers to this. First of all, this is why I tell you that, once you get your system running that you should not be deleting data. If you delete a sample login template and then try to view or use samples that used that template, you will get an error. That is just one example. This is why you cannot merely delete data.
But then, you probably are about to realize that you cannot keep data, forever. Eventually, you have to archive some of it. What do you do, then, you are wondering? Well, that becomes a complicated thing to do. It’s not something I can answer in a few sentences. What it comes down to is this: you have to sit down and map out everything that has to get archived, together. Some data might end up in two places, depending what you’re doing with it. It’s a lot of work to do and you have to know what you’re doing to make it all work.
However, this is not something you have to address only with the LabWare LIMS but with many LIMS, ELNs, LES and other products on the market. You can’t just take data out of these systems without understanding what you’re doing.
The Final Question
Someone out there is now thinking this, “What if I mess up my system? What do I do, then?” Then, you have to fix it. Period. that’s what system administration is all about. Once in a while, you break it and, if you do, you’d better get cracking and figure out how to fix it before much time goes by.