Short Course Description
XML for the Laboratory
The Extensible Markup Language (XML) has become a major player in data storage, exchange and archiving applications. The shift towards XML is also noticeable in the laboratory informatics community: XML is widely used as an exchange format. Also, upcoming XML-based standard formats such as the Analytical Information Markup Language (AnIML) provide sophisticated means of capturing experiment data.
This computer-based short course provides an introduction to XML and examines how it can be used in a laboratory environment. Using a healthy mix of theory and hands-on exercises, it helps provide guidance when it comes to evaluating XML applications in the laboratory.
Who Should Attend
Individuals interested in using XML for laboratory applications. The target audience for this class is laboratory IT decision makers and professionals from pharmaceutical, biotech, clinical companies, and research institutions. There are no prerequisites for this class.
How You'll Benefit from This Course
- Learn the basics of XML
- Gain the knowledge to evaluate XML solutions for the laboratory
- Understand the pitfalls of long-term archiving and how XML can help
- Receive pointers how to capture laboratory data in XML
- Become aware of existing standards and tools
The following topics are covered:
- Introduction to XML
- Ensuring data quality with automated validation
- Capturing method information, sample data, and results in XML
- Migrating XML data to and from databases
- Reporting on XML data
- Transforming XML data into other formats
- Introduction to AnIML, an XML standard for analytical data
- Long-term archiving
- Using XML in regulated environments: electronic signatures and audit trails
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Burkhard Schaefer is an independent consultant specializing in laboratory informatics applications. He is a regular contributor to the LabAutomation short course program and has been involved with the LECIS standardization effort at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the AnIML standardization project with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
He has been using XML for over 10 years and is currently working on standardized XML data formats for the documentation of laboratory workflows. He holds a Diploma of Computer Science from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern and has been teaching short courses for the ALA for 11 years.
* higher fee applies to those who are not ALA members