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07/21/17
Trends in Technical Careers. Electronic Laboratory Notebooks
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Mature professionals, Legal matters, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 2:18 pm
Hi Dan,
How are you doing?  I would like to ask if you have any
experience using electronic labbooks in an R&D lab?
and if there is any in particular you could recommend.  
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Thank you for any advice you can provide.
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Best regards”
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When I regularly attended several large conferences I tried
to look into this emerging field by speaking with vendors about
their market penetration and features for different user 
profiles.
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Interestingly my deepest learning at this time involved
ensuring legal advice was following in purchasing, training,
and compliance.  Maintenance and regular updates for eLN were
essential as this is a emerging and evolving field.  Years have
past and eLN are essential tools.
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Glossary of terms:
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List of Vendors
-  at least 16 countries are represented as vendor developers
-  open source vendors are included in the list
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eLN features:  Different fields and operations will have different requirements
It is nice to have a big picture for what customers, users, legal and
regulatory applications are provided.
 - basic functionality
 - quality, security and compliance
 - data management
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eLN decision making
 - The system needs to organize and be able to tag, filter and search entries. 
 - all entries, imported data, and links can be exported to a generic format
(pdf, zip, xlm, etc.) for backup and reporting as well as allowing a bailout
in case the maker of the software stops development, or your funds to pay
for licence fees run dry.
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support of your IT department at an early stage (selection of particular eLN).
 - h
idden costs (hardware like server, backup; on-site support and user training, )
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What are your customers using?  How frequent are updates?
What are the computer requirements and robustness of the system?
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These days, eLN are essential to compete

One Response to “Trends in Technical Careers. Electronic Laboratory Notebooks”

  1. site admin Says:


    Ioannis V. Pavlidis · Universität Kassel

    I’m also kind of old-school on this, but I find interesting to have
    everything searchable, no matter the easiness to add electronic
    material (photos, datasets etc)… and do not forget the bad
    handwriting! 

    However, I would never use the Google docs / Google drive concerning
    the copyright, as Rodriguez Alonso mentioned before. Most interesting
    is that if you want to file a patent, the editing of the files should be
    traceable (so the patent office can see if you hide something or not,
    or see the exact experimental process), and I think that is why all these
    ELNs are paid for.

    The discussion about all these softwares / apps should be about how
    reliable are they in terms of privacy if you use their server. It’s
    common sense that you want to have the data on a cloud (it is much
    more probable to steal your computer / tablet rather than a notebook
    with science in it…). Does anyone have recommendations for electronic
    lab notebooks (ELN)?  Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/post/Does_anyone_have_recommendations_for_electronic_lab_notebooks_ELN_Our_institution_is_interested_in_switching_to_an_ELN_system 

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