openBIS ELN-LIMS: an open-source database for academic laboratories

Bioinformatics. 2016 Feb 15;32(4):638-40. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btv606. Epub 2015 Oct 27.


The open-source platform openBIS (open Biology Information System) offers an Electronic Laboratory Notebook and a Laboratory Information Management System (ELN-LIMS) solution suitable for the academic life science laboratories. openBIS ELN-LIMS allows researchers to efficiently document their work, to describe materials and methods and to collect raw and analyzed data. The system comes with a user-friendly web interface where data can be added, edited, browsed and searched.

Availability and implementation: The openBIS software, a user guide and a demo instance are available at The demo instance contains some data from our laboratory as an example to demonstrate the possibilities of the ELN-LIMS (Ottoz et al., 2014). For rapid local testing, a VirtualBox image of the ELN-LIMS is also available.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biological Science Disciplines*
  • Computer Systems
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Information Management*
  • Information Systems
  • Laboratories*
  • Software
  • User-Computer Interface