International Mammalian Genome Society

logo18th International Mouse Genome Conference

17-22 October 2004, Seattle, USA


POSTER 55 - 'ANONYMUS' - A LABORATORY INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM FOR THE CAPTURE AND DISSEMINATION OF ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND EXPERIMENTAL DATA

Jones JD 1, Brundrett AC 1, Chandrasekar K 2, Jones PJR 1, Olver GH 2, Oxspring RJ 1, Seymour M 1, Selley RL 1, Johnson R 1

1 Mary Lyon Centre, Medical Research Council, Harwell, United Kingdom, 2 Prion Unit, Medical Research Council, London, United Kingdom

AnonyMus is a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) that has been developed for deployment in the Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell, a new facility for functional genomics.

The system has been developed to ensure real-time collection, collation and dissemination of data generated in a paperless barrier facility.

Animal husbandry, phenotyping, facility management and UK Home Office legislative data are unified to form a comprehensive package for genetics laboratory requirements.

AnonyMus went live alongside the Mary Lyon Centre in Spring 2004 and at the MRC Prion Unit based in London. Both units are successfully operating the new software to capture and report critical data.

The software consists of a database on a commercial quality relational database management system and a web-enabled user front-end developed using JavaTM technologies.

Regular updates of newly developed and improved functionality are applied to the live version, created based on feedback from users and any new requirements that may arise. This dynamic development is made possible by the modular architecture of AnonyMus allowing new functionality to be added to the live system with minimal disruption and enabling 24-7 usage.

Since deployment, the AnonyMus team has embarked on an assessment of the genetics community for LIMS requirements.  The conclusion being that there is a niche in the market place for a software solution such as AnonyMus that has been designed to ensure stability, efficiency, accuracy and ease of use in an online environment.

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