OpenFreezer

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OpenFreezer
OpenFreezer logo.jpg
Developer(s) Marina Olhovsky, others
Initial release Start date unknown
Stable release

3.2  (Release date unknown)

[±]
Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP, Python
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU General Public License v3[1]
Website OpenFreezer.org

OpenFreezer is an open-source laboratory information management system (LIMS) designed to help biological laboratories with reagent tracking and workflow design.

Product history

It's not clear when development first began on OpenFreezer, but a SourceForge project was started by developer Marina Olhovsky on July 18, 2011[2], followed by a file release two days later.[3]. According to the documentation page of the OpenFreezer demo site, the following releases have been made, though when they were released is unknown: 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.2, 1.3, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1[4]

The most current release is assumed to be version 3.2, release date unknown.[5] In February 2014, the developers placed a message on the site's front page that a new version was anticipated for "the end of 2014, and [it] will include batch reagent creation."[6]

Features

Features of OpenFreezer include[5]:

  • reagent and chemical management
  • reagent and chemical tracking
  • reagent-centered workflow tools
  • project management
  • user-based security

Hardware/software requirements

Requirements for proper installation of OpenFreezer include:

  • MySQL version 5 or later
  • PHP version 5 or later
  • Apache web server
  • Python version 2.4 or later
  • BioPython
  • ReportLab
  • Overlib

Refer to the installation and setup guide for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

  • A demo of OpenFreezer can be accessed here.
  • The user guide has extensive information, including screenshots of the program.

Entities using OpenFreezer

Further reading

  • Olhovsky, Marina; Williton, Kelly; Dai, Anna Yue; Pasculescu, Adrian; Lee,John Paul; Goudreault, Marilyn; Wells, Clark D.; Park, Jin Gyoon; Gingras, Anne-Claude; Linding, Rune; Pawson, Tony; Colwill, Karen (2011). "OpenFreezer: A reagent information management software system". Nature Methods 8 (8): 612–613. doi:10.1038/nmeth.1658. PMID 21799493. 

External links

OpenFreezer can also be found on SourceForge. However, use caution when downloading and installing from there; the install package may contain undesirable add-on software.

References

  1. "OpenFreezer - Download and Install Instructions". Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital. http://openfreezer.org/download.html. Retrieved 02 October 2012. 
  2. "OpenFreezer". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/openfreezer/. Retrieved 02 October 2012. 
  3. "OpenFreezer - Files". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/openfreezer/files/. Retrieved 02 October 2012. 
  4. "OpenFreezer - OpenFreezer Documentation". Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital. http://openfreezer.org/demo/OpenFreezer/docs.php. Retrieved 02 October 2012. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Manual For OpenFreezer Version 3.2" (PDF). Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital. December 2011. http://openfreezer.org/open_manual.php. Retrieved 02 October 2012. 
  6. "OpenFreezer". Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital. February 2014. http://openfreezer.org/. Retrieved 02 September 2014.