Laboratory Information Analysis within the Russian Center for Technological Diagnostics
EUROPEAN RESEARCH OFFICE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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In this report, we examine the technical parameters for the design and implementation of a Laboratory Information Management System LIMS within the Center for Technological Diagnostics CTD in St. Petersburg Russia. The LIMS is composed of two main databases. The first database is used to store, archive, retrieve, and manage materials information as it is placed within the StarLIMS software. The StarLIMS interface uses the Sybase Relational Database Manager RDBMS as the main archive tool however, all information is distributed across the Ministry of Defense MOD network. The second database contains the archived information materials data within the Oracle RDBMS. This data is stored within the CTD main server system. The main server is a Compaq ML-530 array with eight independent disks. Two identical Compaq ML-530 systems are used to archive the technical information and serve all information that is required for the fixed and mobile laboratories. The disks are partitioned for data security, and organized by technical requirements for LIMS access and materials archive. The LIMS is designed to assist MOD in their certification requirements, and provide chain-of-custody tools that are necessary to maintain proper authorization and control of information as it enters and exits the laboratory complex. The LIMS is also required to assist DTRA in examination requirements for monitoring the proper use of all equipment in the functional laboratory. For certification requirements, the LIMS produces specialized reports from each testing sequence. The reports include documented headers that are authorized by the 12th Main Directorate, as well as, specialized data structures and attestations that are required by the Russian State Standards RSS and Gosgorteknadzor oversight bureaus.
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