|Developer(s)||Markus List and Jochen Thomas|
|Initial release||June 21, 2010(0.1)|
[ (March 3, 2016 ) ±]
|Type||Laboratory informatics software|
|License(s)||GNU Public License v3.0|
OpenLabFramework (formerly Open Laboratory Framework) was a web-based laboratory information management system (LIMS) front-end—with additional electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) capabilities—that provided an extensible framework for better laboratory functionality.
The OpenLabFramework project appears to have began as the "Open Laboratory Framework" project, with it first being opened up on Sourceforge on February 15, 2010. by Jochen Thomas and Markus List, likely as part of a project through German software developer OSTHUS. The last SourceForge-based file release was with version 0.7 on December 7, 2011. On January 7, 2014, the project moved from SourceForge to GitHub, with several updates to the software arriving in 2014 and 2015. This coincided with the 2014 publication of a research paper on the software by List et al., citing the following as reason for the software's creation:
There is, however, no dedicated LIMS for the management of large vector construct and cell line libraries. At our Lundbeck Foundation Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine (NanoCAN) at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense such large-scale libraries need to be handled efficiently ... This motivated us to develop a novel open-source LIMS platform: OpenLabFramework (OLF).
In the fall of 2015, List et al. published another paper describing a new add-on to OpenLabFramework called "OpenLabNotes." Citing the benefits of integrating a home-grown ELN into the LIMS platform, the group stated: "OpenLabNotes effectively closes the gap between research documentation and sample management, thus making OpenLabFramework more attractive for laboratories that seek to increase productivity through electronic data management." OpenLabNotes was first introduced to the framework with version 1.3.0 in February 2015 and significantly improved with version 1.3.2 in May 2015.
As of May 2021, the demo site is no longer available, and updates haven't been made for over five years. The project is presumably abandoned.
Features of OpenLabFramework included:
- web-based front-end
- extensible framework
- experiment management
- inventory management
- electronic laboratory notebook capabilities
- barcode and printing support
- document management
- data analysis
Installation requirements included:
- Grails 2.5.3
- a supported browser, including Chrome (31.0.1650.63) or Firefox (26.0)
Videos, screenshots, and other media
- A demo of OpenLabFramework originally could be found at http://www.nanocan.dk/openlabframework/demo. (user: admin, password: demo0815)
Entities using OpenLabFramework
University of Southern Denmark in Odense
- List, Markus; Schmidt, Steffen; Trojnar, Jakub; Thomas, Jochen; Thomassen, Mads; Kruse, Torben A.; Tan, Qihua; Baumbach, Jan; Mollenhauer, Jan (2014). "Efficient sample tracking with OpenLabFramework". Scientific Reports 4: 4278. doi:10.1038/srep04278. PMC PMC3940979. PMID 24589879. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=PMC3940979. (Alternatively, found on LIMSwiki here.)
- List, Markus; Franz, Michael; Tan, Qihua; Mollenhauer, Jan; Baumbach, Jan (2015). "OpenLabNotes - An Electronic Laboratory Notebook Extension for OpenLabFramework". Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics 12 (3): 274. doi:10.2390/biecoll-jib-2015-274. PMID 26673790.
- "Open Laboratory Framework - Files". SourceForge. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100821221354/http://sourceforge.net/projects/openlaboratory/files. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Open Laboratory Framework: Project Summary". Ohloh. http://www.ohloh.net/p/olf. Retrieved 02 October 2012.
- "Open Laboratory Framework". SourceForge. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100821221349/http://sourceforge.net/projects/openlaboratory. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- "Markus List - Bioinformatics in Cancer Research". LinkedIn. http://dk.linkedin.com/pub/markus-list/27/809/3ba. Retrieved 02 October 2012.
- "J. Thomas - Ohloh". Ohloh. http://www.ohloh.net/accounts/jochen-thomas. Retrieved 02 October 2012.
- "NanoCAN/OpenLabFramework - Releases". GitHub. https://github.com/NanoCAN/OpenLabFramework/releases. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
- List, Markus; Schmidt, Steffen; Trojnar, Jakub; Thomas, Jochen; Thomassen, Mads; Kruse, Torben A.; Tan, Qihua; Baumbach, Jan; Mollenhauer, Jan (2014). "Efficient sample tracking with OpenLabFramework". Scientific Reports 4: 4278. doi:10.1038/srep04278. PMC PMC3940979. PMID 24589879. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=PMC3940979. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
- List, M.; Franz, M.; Tan, Q.; Mollenhauer, J.; Baumbach, J. (2015). "OpenLabNotes - An Electronic Laboratory Notebook Extension for OpenLabFramework". Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics 12 (3): 274. doi:10.2390/biecoll-jib-2015-274. PMID 26673790.
- List, M. (25 February 2015). "v.1.3.0 WAR file for server deployment". GitHub, Inc. https://github.com/NanoCAN/OpenLabFramework/releases/tag/v1.3.0. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
- List, M. (04 May 2015). "v.1.3.2 WAR file for server deployment". GitHub, Inc. https://github.com/NanoCAN/OpenLabFramework/releases/tag/v.1.3.2. Retrieved 21 July 2016.