In Boston, Laboratory Informatics is Important, but People Still Matter

While social networking sites continue to grow and be important in our work, they do not replace the importance of our human interactions, nor are they truly meant to. In fact, some would argue that the on-line networking helps illuminate the fact that we still need and desire to meet to speak in-person.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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Technology Improves Things and Complicates Them: Part I

Using my new digital camera has caused problems similar to any new laboratory informatics system that does more than the old one. In this first part, I will describe how the new technology enabled me to do more than I could, previously, but how it caused new problems. In the 2nd installment, I will talk about the issues of using the information.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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The Power and Purpose of the LinkedIn LIMS/Laboratory Informatics Group

To promote it and to explain its purpose, I’ve been writing about the LinkedIn group I started for Laboratory Informatics people, such as those in LIMS, ELN, SDMS, LIS, CDS, and others. Previously, I made two blog posts here in “Out on a LIMS” and wrote two articles about it for “Scientific Computing.” My motives for creating this group are to provide a place for us to congregate. Read the entire post for more information.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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LabWare LIMS Interview Questions

I was looking at my blog statistics for two days ago and discovered that someone found my blog by using the search term “labware lims interview questions” and wanted to address this more specifically. Let’s discuss the types of questions you’ll ask. First of all, by using the term “interview” we’re talking about interviewing people to bring onto your project. You could, of course, just contact me, Gloria Metrick, a LabWare LIMS expert, and make it easy on yourself. 🙂 But supposing you don’t want to take my word for it or have other reasons to interview other people, here are some thoughts on how to get started on this task.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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Let’s Replace LIMS and ELN With the Abacus — Here’s How!!

An Abacus is easy to learn and use. It’s easier to learn and use than a LIMS or an ELN. With all the people making suggestions that would take us backwards in our progress, why not this suggestion? If we’re going to go backwards, let’s go all the way! 😉

Read the entire posting for more thoughts on this issue.

Gloria Metrick
GeoMetrick Enterprises
http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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Smart Software Purchasing

For those of you about to start a software purchase of a larger laboratory informatics product, such as a LIMS or ELN, “Lab Manager Magazine” just published my article on “Smart Software Purchasing” at: http://www.labmanager.com/articles.asp?ID=337 For a free subscription to “Lab Manager Magazine” the link is: http://www.labmanager.com/subscribe.asp Gloria Metrick GeoMetrick Enterprises http://www.GeoMetrick.com/

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ALA Founder Has Passed Away

Tony Beugelsdijk was one of the three founders of ALA (Association of Laboratory Automation) ( http://www.labautomation.org/ ), which is an international organization devoted to laboratory automation, founded in 1996 and home of the annual conference, LabAutomation. He passed away on Friday, August 21st. A memorial web-site has been created where you can leave your tributes and…

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