PiMS Community Model
Protein Information Management System
PiMS is a laboratory information management system for protein scientists. The PiMS software enables researchers to enter data, track samples and report results during the production of recombinant proteins for structural and functional applications. PiMS will continue to be developed in response to the needs of users to provide a unified and extensible set of software tools for protein sciences. The vision for PiMS is that it will become the laboratory standard for protein-related data management. PiMS is distributed to Academic Users under the Community Model. Emerald Bio distributes PIMSpro to Commercial Users.
A dedicated website for the Community Model provides mechanisms for downloading the PiMS Software, membership materials, license agreements, and a forum for information exchange. The Community Model excludes the use of PiMS for commercial purposes, for which purchase of a PiMS pro license is required. Membership of the PiMS Community requires a license which are granted free of charge by STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) or with charge by Emerald Bio. Royalties from sales of PiMS pro by Emerald Bio help support the PiMS Community, and insights from academic users of PiMS will contribute to the future development of PiMS. All users of PiMS are members of the PiMS Community, comprising end-users as well as code contributors. The objectives of the PiMS Community Model are: • to ensure that all members of the Community have access to PiMS • to provide a forum for mutual support and exchange of ideas among the academic users of PiMS • to provide a forum for discussion of emerging methods in protein science which should be supported by PiMS • to provide a mechanism for contribution to the development of PiMS • to maximize the dissemination of PiMS
The PiMS Community Model is based on the PiMS Community Model Goals and Rules. The growth of the PiMS Community is overseen by the Steering Committee co-chaired by Emerald Bio and STFC representatives with responsibility for ensuring that the improvements to PiMS continue to benefit all users of PiMS. The Steering Committee will report annually to the PiMS Community.