A universal open-source Electronic Laboratory Notebook

Bioinformatics. 2013 Jul 1;29(13):1710-2. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btt253. Epub 2013 May 3.


Motivation: Laboratory notebooks remain crucial to the activities of research communities. With the increase in generation of electronic data within both wet and dry analytical laboratories and new technologies providing more efficient means of communication, Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN) offer equivalent record keeping to paper-based laboratory notebooks (PLN). They additionally allow more efficient mechanisms for data sharing and retrieval, which explains the growing number of commercial ELNs available varying in size and scope but all are increasingly accepted and used by the scientific community. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) having already an LIMS and a Biobank Management System for respectively laboratory workflows and sample management, we have developed a free multidisciplinary ELN specifically dedicated to work notes that will be flexible enough to accommodate different types of data.

Availability and implementation: Information for installation of our freeware ELN with source codes customizations are detailed in supplementary data.

Supplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual*
  • Laboratories*
  • Software*
  • Workflow