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At the 3rd Canadian CF-IRMS conference in August 1996,
it was recognized that a major limitation to adoption
of a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)
for our community of light stable isotope laboratories
was that standard formats for samples to be analyzed
and for isotopic analyses had not been adopted by
mass spectrometer vendors.  In an effort to convince
manufacturers to establish these data standards, in
March (1997), I spent a day each with Analytical
Precision, Europa Scientific, Finnigan MAT, and
Micromass personnel, discussing data standards and
demonstating LIMS For Light Stable Isotopes, (NT 4.0
version).  Based on these discussions, LIMS for Light
Stable Isotopes was revised significantly and the
capability was added to generate and populate multi-
sheet paper templates for automated sample
preparation manifolds (and EA's) from a queue of
samples to be analyzed.

Devon Rowe kindly presented LIMS For Light Stable
Isotopes at the 4th CF-IRMS conference last month.

Copies are now available from:
   U.S. Geological Survey
   Attn: T. Coplen
   431 National Center
   Reston, VA 20192  USA

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