July / August 2003


internet research on the internet

While no-one in their right mind would think of setting up a research project without searching the Internet to see what is already happening, I haven't seen much before now on the Internet as a research subject in itself. The origins of the World Wide Web at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, are familiar stuff. His work there turned Tim Berners-Lee into a folk hero. But CERN exists to smash atoms rather than to make life easier for the surfing generation. Naturally enough, there is a growing array of places where research into the Internet itself is the day job.


Chromatography integrates well

One of the latest developments in the interfacing between a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and a chromatography data system (CDS) is the emergence of 'configurable interfaces'. With a configurable interface, set-up screens can be used to identify key parameters that are specific to the CDS. Drop down menus and check boxes can be used to set default parameters such as servers, instrument methods, databases, and logon routines, that are being used by the CDS. Being able to configure these defaults without having to 'reprogram' the interface provides maximum flexibility.


big pharma learns how to love information technology

The pharmaceutical industry has tended to be sceptical about the value of large-scale spending on computing. But in November this year, 250 or more senior executives from many of the sector's largest companies will be travelling to the World Pharma IT Congress in London to find out what their peers - heads of IT, knowledge management, informatics, e-business (or what you will) - are up to. Louisa Carson, conference organiser for Oxford International, said interest in the meeting is strong. 'Pharma needs to catch up with developments in information technology.