Welcome to NexusLIMS!

The project serves as the development and documentation space for the back-end of the Nexus Microscopy Facility Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), developed by the NIST Office of Data and Informatics. This documentation contains a number of pages that detail the processes by which NexusLIMS harvests and combines data from multiple sources to build a record of an experiment on a Nexus facility microscope.

Documentation overview

The database page describes how information about instruments and recorded sessions is stored. The record building page provides a detailed description of how a record of a given experiment is built from beginning to end. There is also additional documentation about the practices used in developing NexusLIMS, the taxonomy used when discussing NexusLIMS, the schema used to represent Experiment records, and customizations that were made to the CDCS platform to create the NexusLIMS front-end. Finally, there is detailed API documentation for every method used in the NexusLIMS back-end.

Most typical users will have no reason to interact with the NexusLIMS back-end directly, since it operates completely automatically and builds experimental records without any need for user input. These pages serve mostly as reference for those with more interest in the nuts and bolts of how it all works together, and how the system may be able to be changed in the future.

About the NexusLIMS team

NexusLIMS has been developed through a great deal of work by a number of people including:

  • Joshua Taillon - Office of Data and Informatics - Primary application developer

  • June Lau - Office of Data and Informatics

  • Ryan White - Applied Chemicals and Materials Division / Office of Data and Informatics (detail)

  • Michael Katz - Materials Science and Engineering Division / Office of Data and Informatics (detail)

  • Marcus Newrock - Office of Data and Informatics

  • Ray Plante - Office of Data and Informatics

  • Gretchen Greene - Office of Data and Informatics

As well as multiple SURF students/undergraduate interns:

  • Rachel Devers - Montgomery College/University of Maryland College Park

  • Thomas Bina - Pennsylvania State University

  • Sarita Upreti - Montgomery College