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Cross-Disciplinary Electronic Lab Notebooks

Source: IDBS
Cross-Disciplinary Electronic Lab Notebooks

What factors affect an organization’s decision when selecting between these two ELN solutions? To effectively exploit the corporate knowledge officially recorded in an ELN, an organization should expect an ELN solution to benefit the entire company, as well as each of  its departments, from R&D to legal, and from  IT to management.

Specific ELNs are restricted to scientists working in a defined discipline, providing particular tools and data capture relevant only to that research area. The first generation of ELNs mainly cater for chemists who typically work in small groups, providing individual chemistry features that were not applicable across multiple scientific disciplines and large scale enterprise rollouts.

Conversely, cross-disciplinary ELNs are designed to provide a working environment that is easy to use across multiple disciplines to meet the full range of scientific needs. Offering scientists, from a wide range of research areas, the ability to store, search for and organize data, cross-disciplinary ELNs also typically provide additional extensions that cater to specific groups, such as combinatorial chemists. Cross-disciplinary ELNs characteristically also offer other benefits to an organization, such as:

  • Reduced costs of IT overheads
  • Ability to view data across an organization
  • Common data collection processes and standards across the organization
  • Secure storage of an organization’s knowledge and intellectual property (IP) in one central location
  • Built-in workflow management to increase laboratory efficiency across disciplines; for example, a typical workflow, such as chemist – analytical – chemist – review – registration.