Volume 9 Supplement 7
Scientific Laboratory Information Management System: Tissue Bank
© McDonald et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
Published: 8 July 2008
Tissue bank background
The effective scientific data retriever will provide fast access to a wide range of scientific data via the Web or directly from an application, facilitating data sharing with other research teams and the general public. Research teams can download data files from a large data provider, augment this "mini-archive" with their own datasets, and make the whole heterogeneous data collection accessible via the Web.
Users can interactively browse the contents of a file, examine a subset of the data, view a thumbnail image of the data, and download the desired subset. The SLIM system can be coupled with services for extracting, indexing, and searching metadata to create a complete repository service.
The effective scientific data retriever will enhance the effectiveness of scientific laboratory management. It will provide an application to collect laboratory materials, tools, and budgets for the scientific laboratory. The strategies for creating an application depend upon the nature of particular scientific research.
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