Volume 0 Issue 5 | September 2012
What are the disadvantages of the traditional, paper-based laboratory environment? MeeK: We could start by asking "what are the benefits” of using paper, which are obvious – paper is for the most part easy to use, it’s
Laboratories are awash in data. The two main data management packages in use today are laboratory information management systems (LIMS) for structured data such as pH values or sample weights and electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs) for
LIMS and ELNs do not pose care and upkeep problems that an IT administrator does not encounter with any database system: performing data backups, building in redundancy, and having a plan for power outages. Web-based systems entail no maintenance at
Collaborative research is one of the justifications cited most often for acquiring lab data software. While such “soft” benefits are difficult to quantify, the “hard” benefits are easy to measure, after some digging.
Q: What kind of information systems do you use? What is your general impression of these products? A: Gijsbert Woudenberg: We work with many toxic compounds, including chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. Our company inherited