Baobab LIMS: Gaining Interest Beyond the Project

By Dominique Anderson, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Baobab LIMS has been gaining interest from a variety of laboratories and institutions. Various sites have been testing and implementing their workflows in Baobab LIMS and user feedback has provided the team with valuable information for enhancements such as the addition of modules for batch sample recording.

Baobab LIMS Users and Test Sites

Further additional modules allowing for the capture of data related to the patient, disease ontology and anatomical site terms, has made Baobab LIMS MIABIS compliant. In addition, the Baobab LIMS developers have finalized APIs allowing for data federation and integration. Baobab LIMS will soon release version 1.5 with a new module for interdepartmental shipping, making it easier to transport and track samples within the Biobank or related remote sites. Currently, the development team are also working on customizations pertaining to key Client projects.

The Baobab LIMS team have to date trained approximately 60 individuals during various events and will also be presenting a training workshop at the 4th African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity in Sierra Leone from the 26th to the 28th September 2018.







In parallel, the team has been actively involved in community engagement activities, through the development and pilot testing of a speaking book that communicates concepts related to biobanks. The book, available in English-Xhosa and English-Afrikaans versions, incorporated informative text, colourful illustrations and bi-lingual audio.

Community Engagement Activities

Baobab LIMS is an open source tool and the source code can be found in the github repository ( Our online documentation can be found at and the team can be contacted by sending an email to