Electronic Laboratory Notebook
The ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook) by Open-Co is a software developed in order to replace the use of paper laboratory notebook. It allows to store and share texts, images, graphs (and other data types) and to keep track of historical information on projects and researches. The ELN is becoming more and more important inside laboratories, especially in Research & Development environments, as it perfectly fits the concept of paperless-lab, popular in different professional realities. The ELN combines the practicality of a paper notebook and all the advantages of an electronic technology. Even if it can be used independently from Prolab.Q LIMS, it’s the sinergy with Prolab.Q that allows to exploit of all its advantages. It communicates in both directions (reading/writing) with all the basic entities of Prolab.Q (samples, activities, controls, etc.)
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The ELN is a module for the management of unstructured data. It is able to manage images, notes, calculations, tables, graphs, results in an “Excel-like” way – thus very intuitive. The simplicity in the use of this tool can be appreciated most of all in the possibility to version (with a single clic) all information and result sets. This allows to browse the history of changes on the samples in an original way.
The ELN by Open-Co is designed to be integrated with the Prolab.Q LIMS, because it works in very close contact with it. The systems coexist on the same data base and this allows the complete sharing of information and the possibility for the ELN to be incluede in any flow implemented inside the LIMS.
The ELN by Open-Co keeps track of all actions performed, results, formulas and graphs used (exported by the instruments or by Prolab.Q). The system records methods, analysis and results with the possibility to track information quickly and easily.
The ELN by Open-Co ensures the best safety in the management and recording of data, because it decreases the risk of errors caused by a manual management on paper. Furthermore, it allows to manage in a reliable way users’ authorizations and the traceability of actions performed.
The ELN is a system that allows to read and elaborate structured or unstructred data in a very flexible way. Data can be freely managed with no need to adjust to a pre-set software.
The ELN integrates easily in the laboratory, as it allows the possibility to import and use existing Excel files. The files that are daily used in the laboratory are ready to be used in the ELN and therefore they can be easily interfaced with the Prolab.Q LIMS.
The ELN has been specifically designed for R&D environments, in which there is no possibility of confusion between ELN and LIMS. In this case, ELN is dedicated to the management of unstructured data. Thanks to the ELN, all processes for R&D actiivites can be integrated into the LIMS.