A one-day event to bring together industry and academic parties in the open-source app synthetic biology community. “Nona Talks” is focused on community building, idea generation, and education.

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What LIMS open-source software tools are being developed/used now in academia and industry?

DATE: November 18th 2022 10 a.m – 1 p.m. EST


The Nona Research Foundation (Nona; http://www.nonasoftware.org) was created to broaden participation, increase access, and advance innovation in the design, distribution, documentation, maintenance, and use of open-source software and tools in the fields of synthetic biology and bio-design automation. Research using Nona’s software and other tools will lead to advances and improvement in health and healthcare, energy production and storage, materials manufacture, protection of the environment, and human welfare.  Nona’s goal is to provide community- based resources to make the open- source software environment in synthetic biology a global success.  Toward that goal, Nona will host two annual workshops. This proposal is for the annual summer workshop named “Nona Talks” (to contrast the winter workshop entitled “Nona Works”). 

Objectives of thies Nona Works: 

  • Identify challenges to applying existing computational LIMS tools to LIMS engineering and LIMS design projects.
  • Prioritize potential approaches to improving or developing new LIMS tools.
  • Build the community and establish lines of communication for collaborative tool development.


10:00–10:20am Introductions, meeting goals, and context

Moderator: George Johnson

10:20–11:20am Applying existing tools to LIMS development

Discussants, 5–7 min each

What are the critical challenges? Examples:

  • Patient Information integrated with platform and compliance 
  • Rigid models that prevent migration to other LIMS applications
  • Logarithmic challenges of processing more samples as needs grow

Which challenges are most fundamental across the community?

How can existing tools be improved?

What types of new tools could be developed or incorporated?

11:20–12:00pm Managing data and information for lab usage

Discussants, 5–7 min each

What are key challenges for managing data and databases? Examples:

  • Database needs: content/quality/maintenance
  • How to standardize and incorporate metadata into accessioning, processing, quality control, and reporting?
  • Integrating with LIMS as external systems

Are there tractable solutions to these challenges?

Are there lessons to be learned from other (e.g. non-bio) domains?

12:00–12:10pm Break

12:10–12:40pm Prioritizing challenges and approaches

Review: summary of identified challenges and approaches

Which of these challenges and solutions are most tractable?

Where can a focused effort make the most progress?

What types of projects is this community best equipped to address?

12:40–1pm Funding opportunities, collaborations, and next steps

Where do we go from here?