The blogger at Biostumblematic discusses data management and wonders whether that is the key to more open science. After all, sharing data would be a lot easier if you could find it. The blogger suggests that academic labs take a page from industry and try using Laboratory Information Management Systems. However, many LIMS are pricey, so a further suggestion is to develop a simple, open-source system. "How great would it be if you wanted to do a meta-study from the published results of several labs, and all it took to have the data in a consistent format was a simple MySQL statement (or, if the software is coded properly, a couple of button clicks)?" the blogger asks.
Feb 11, 2010