Some of you had already seen the posting on “The Laboratory Informatics Alphabet Soup” from SCW (Scientific Computing World): http://outonalims.com/2013/03/25/the-laboratory-informatics-alphabet-soup/ Today, SCW put out a link in their newsletter, as well. If you are not receiving their free newsletter, you can do so at this link: http://www.europascience.com/magazines/subscribe/?magazine=1 Gloria Metrick GeoMetrick Enterprises http://www.GeoMetrick.com/
Although I have not been writing much for magazines, these days, focusing more of my efforts on my own blog and newsletter, instead, I got so excited about writing about this topic for Scientific Computing World, that I decided to go ahead and write this for them. Here is my article on our Laboratory Informatics Alphabet Soup.
Over the weekend, I happened to turn on the show “America’s Test Kitchen” where they typically give you pointers on how to buy various kitchen equipment. This time, they were talking about a pan with a variety of names. This pan is known a frying pan, a sauté pan, an omelette pan, and any other variety of names. The names seem to vary by manufacturer and aren’t helpful in buying the right pan.
The January newsletter went out, yesterday, and my article for the month was on how siloed we are. We focus too much on single applications and in growing them into behemoths and not enough in the big picture.
In Boston, we got a great meeting out of the Thermo Fisher Scientific presentation. As usual, my point is that, interesting as on-line discussions are, nothing replaces getting together in-person and hashing out the hot topics of the day. Some people came out of our meeting amazed at the information they got out of the discussions.
In Boston, we got a great meeting out of the LabWare presentation. As usual, my point is that, interesting as on-line discussions are, nothing replaces getting together in-person and hashing out the hot topics of the day. Some people came out of our meeting amazed at the information they got out of the discussions.
In yesterday’s blog post, I made an offer to give my presentation for free to relatively local groups that would agree to fill-out evaluation forms and potentially recommend my presentation: http://outonalims.wordpress.com/2009/09/28/free-presentation-on-changing-your-laboratory-informatics-puzzle/ . But, this is a busy time for our industry, and maybe a free presentation isn’t worth much to begin with, so here’s the question, “Why would you want to bother taking advantage of this free presentation when there are so many other free things to take advantage of and you’re so busy?”
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.
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/
Does everyone writing an article, blog or newsletter about LIMS, ELN or other lab informatics software just read each other’s material and copy from each other? Sometimes it seems like it. Read the entire article for my full opinion and thoughts on what to do about it.