Limspec is a comprehensive online collection of requirements (specifications) for managing the evaluation process of a laboratory information management system (LIMS), laboratory information system (LIS), and many other informatics systems. Those specifications can then be compiled into a variety of datasheets that act as collections of operational requirements and features for proprietary, open-source, and industry-specific software.
Limspec was first made public in 2007 by the Laboratory Informatics Institute (LII) as a compilation of "templates that you can use to develop a LIMS specification tailored to your laboratory information management needs." It was originally made available for free on a CD or partially available on the LII website. By November 2012, plans were in the works to move the Limspec material online to sciCloud.net to allow for "cataloguing requirements and vendor questions, and allowing for the categorization and assignment to specific industries" as well as letting users "create their own private collection of requirements and questions, and export in a variety of formats." Modifications to the tool continued into December 2013, including the addition of document generation, the ability to submit new requirements for approval, and the hosting of the code on GitHub.
In November 2014, work began on placing Limspec content on LIMSwiki.org — a laboratory informatics wiki developed by the LII — with the goal of making it easier to organize and publish in digital and physical form. In April 2015, the content was moved to its own wiki at wiki.limspec.com so as to keep the content more separable from the encyclopedic content of LIMSwiki.
The Main Page of this wiki is the best starting point for navigating content, which is largely organized into datasheets, specifications, and maintenance templates as well as Limspec books made with the built-in book creator tools. Wiki templates form the base of the specifications, transcluding the templates on to specification pages. The specifications can also be organized into datasheets and books, providing a cohesive collection of specifications with commentary about a specific software type or program.
- Jones, John (26 June 2007). "Develop your LIMS Requirements with the LIMSpec Library". Laboratory Informatics Institute. http://www.limsfinder.com/BlogDetail.aspx?id=32175_0_29_0_C. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- "The Laboratory Informatics Institute LIMSpec Version 1.000". Laboratory Informatics Institute. 2007. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150428180626/http://files.limstitute.com/share/ebooks/limspec/li2-lsl/index.html. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Limspec.com - a sciCloud.net app". LIMSwiki.org. Laboratory Informatics Institute. 28 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150428173515/http://www.limswiki.org/index.php?title=Limspec&diff=9342&oldid=9340. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Limspec.com". LIMSwiki.org. Laboratory Informatics Institute. 19 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150428174453/http://www.limswiki.org/index.php?title=Limspec&diff=13462&oldid=13461. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- Lee, Jeffrey (13 January 2014). "I am looking for some LIMS users to help review and test the new LIMSpec (LIMS, LIS, ELN user requirements specification) system". https://www.linkedin.com/groups/I-am-looking-some-LIMS-2069898.S.5828525973825417216. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "LIMSforge/LiMSpec". GitHub. GitHub, Inc. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150428174318/https://github.com/LIMSforge/LiMSpec. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
- "Revision history of "Limspec:Main Page"". LIMSwiki.org. Laboratory Informatics Institute. Archived from the original on 28 April 2015. https://web.archive.org/web/20150428175154/http://www.limswiki.org/index.php?title=Limspec:Main_Page&action=history. Retrieved 28 April 2015.