BBSRC Systems Biology Grantholder Workshop, University of Nottingham, 16 December 2008.
PIMS is the Protein Information Management System, developed by the EBI and an number of other locations (e.g.)
PIMS has been adopted at EMBL Hamburg, IRB Barcelona, CSIRO (Australia) and others. It's free for academic use. LIMS are, in general, highly useful to provide manageability, persistence, continuity and traceability. Other alternatives (e.g. lab book and MS Office, or electronic lab notebook) aren't useful for the work done by users of PIMS. There really needs to be more funding for stable (read "long-term" infrastructure). In general, 7 person-years for the development of a software component equates to 1 FTE to maintain that component. This is significant for the bioinformatics field as a whole. A question I had thought of: can any of this data be easily and transparently submitted to the relevant EBI databases, since it seems that some of the people working on PIMS are from the EBI.(My power ran out, so couldn't take any more notes. That's getting to be annoying!) It was a good high-level talk.
These are just my notes and are not guaranteed to be correct. Please feel free to let me know about any errors, which are all my fault and not the fault of the speaker. 🙂