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

Researchers at ETH Zürich, finding that many commercial laboratory informatics options "affordable to academic labs had either unsuitable user interfaces (UI) or lack of features," decided to look at open-source options. However, like others, they also found some pure open-source options lacked necessary regulatory and high-throughput support. Barilliari et al. decided to go the "build your own" route, expanding on the existing openBIS platform and adding laboratory information management system (LIMS) and electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) functionality. This brief paper, published in late 2015 in Bioinformatics, gives a quick overview of the software and how it operates.

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