Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) are one of the most popular digital lab solutions and can markedly streamline your lab workflow. ELNs work by moving all paper documentation onto a smart digital platform, helping to centralize and transcribe research projects from conceptualization to completion: ELNs can have a big impact on the design/planning phase of a research project, and also the analysis and documentation phase.
Bringing value to both the user and their organization, ELNs make light work of searching for files and data, simplifying data copying and backups, and increasing connectivity of devices and people. ELNs have increased user access controls too, a far more secure solution than paper records. Not only do ELMs store and record all data and files onto a centralized platform, but also include smart systems for sample tracking and protocol management. One such solution from eLabNext ®
, part of the Eppendorf group, is the eLabJournal ®
, a high-performance ELN designed to help labs transition into a paper-free setup.
data readouts from lab instruments can be recorded directly into the centralized platform, improving the quality and reproducibility of experiments by minimizing human error and variability. Since all staff members involved can now have access to key files, data and sample information at their fingertips, the significant time that can be wasted by staff searching for paper records is eliminated. The main benefit of ELNs like eLabJournal®
is that a study can be planned and transcribed in greater detail, in a fraction of the time.
It's easy to extend the functionality of eLabJournal®
further, by installing add-on tools and software from eLab Marketplace. Here, you can use programs like the SDK (Software Development Kit) and API (Application Programming Interface), where you can access tools and information to help you develop your own add-ons.
Interested in making your lab paperless? Check out our recent blog post for more information!