|Developer(s)||Bika Lab Systems|
|Initial release||September 26, 2005|
(September 15, 2017 )
|Written in||Python, Zope, Plone|
|Type||Laboratory informatics software|
|License(s)||GNU Affero General Public License and GNU General Public License|
Bika LIMS is a free open-source laboratory information management system (LIMS) solution released under the GNU Affero General Public License and the GNU General Public License. Bika Lab Systems, the company that develops the software, also sells customization, hosting, and support services for Bika LIMS users who wish more out of their LIMS.
The name "Bika" comes from the Zulu language, meaning "to report."
Bika LIMS seems to have started with version 1.01, with a public release on September 26, 2005. That was followed up by version 1.1 on February 16, 2006, featuring custom sample types, schema editors, late analysis alerts, and performance improvements. Version 1.2.2 in early 2007 brought with it "improved internationalization and performance through better caching and compression techniques."
Version 2.1 was released on May 26, 2008, featuring a more developed quality control suite and increased automated functionality for further efficiency in the lab. This release was originally intended as version 2.0, but 2.0 was skipped and incremented to 2.1 because "the original 2.0 LIMS specification grew somewhat." At the time 2.1 was released, it was reported Bika LIMS had been downloaded more than 12,500 times.
2.2 arrived in mid-December, bringing with it the ability to send results as file attachments, better bulk analysis request implementation, and better worksheets, queries, and data formatting. 2.3.2 was released in June 2011, bringing with it many performance improvements and enhancements, including the addition of analysis categories, instrument-specific export of worksheets, and SMS support.
Bika Lab Systems later announced that work on version 3.0 was ongoing, with an original estimated completion date of March 31, 2012. The first release candidate of version 3.0 arrived September 2012, and in February 2013 a second release candidate was released.
On August 26, 2013, a notice was posted on the project's SourceForge page indicating the "downloading of earlier Bika versions is being discontinued here," with downloads moving to GitHub. The same day Bika Lab Systems announced similar news on its website that downloads of version 2.x were being removed "to prevent confusion" with the beta and release candidate releases of version 3.0 of the software.
Version 3.1.5 was released on October 6, 2014, adding a few new features like additional watermark support and management of custom preparation workflows, and fixing several bugs. Additional releases have been made since then, with the latest being 3.1.13 in December 2016.
At some point in 2016, Bika began integrating additional features into its LIMS for cannabis testing labs.
Bika Lab Systems' involvement with the SENAITE project is unclear, as the SENAITE Foundation doesn't list Bika Labs as a contributor. It appears development of Bika LIMS may have stopped with the SENAITE project, as the last Bika LIMS release on GitHub was 3.2.1rc2 on September 15, 2017. However, it appears that Bika LIMS' underlying code has been replaced with that of SENAITE.
For more about Bika's general public license and free nature, please reference Bika's website.
Installation requirements may vary depending on if you use a Linux or Windows install. Reference the installation documentation for details.
Videos, screenshots, and other media
No videos are currently available.
Access the online demo here.
Entities using Bika LIMS
According to the Bika website, users include:
BBK, Centro de Investigación en Contaminación Ambiental, City of uMhlathuze, Quantum Analytical Services, South African Wine Laboratory Association, Sri Lanka Medical Research Institute, and Tecnologías Informáticas Productivas
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