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Full article title Institutional ELN-LIMS deployment: Highly customizable ELN-LIMS platform as a cornerstone of digital transformation for life sciences research institutes
Journal EMBO Reports
Author(s) Argento, Nicolas
Author affiliation(s) École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Year published 2020
Volume and issue 21(3)
Article # e49862
DOI 10.15252/embr.201949862
ISSN 1469-3178
Distribution license Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Website https://www.embopress.org/doi/full/10.15252/embr.201949862
Download https://www.embopress.org/doi/epdf/10.15252/embr.201949862


The systematic recording and management of experimental data in academic life science research remains an open problem. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) engaged in a program of deploying both an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) and a laboratory information management system (LIMS) six years ago, encountering a host of fundamental questions at the institutional level and within each laboratory. Here, based on our experience, we aim to share with research institute managers, prinicpal investigators (PIs), and any scientists involved in a combined ELN-LIMS deployment helpful tips and tools, with a focus on surrounding yourself with the right people and the right software at the right time. In this article we describe the resources used, the challenges encountered, key success factors, and the results obtained at each phase of our project. Finally, we discuss the current and next challenges we face, as well as how our experience leads us to support the creation of a new position in the research group: the laboratory data manager.

Keywords: electronic laboratory notebook, laboratory information management system, life sciences, research, laboratory data management



I acknowledge Gaël Anex and all the School of Life Sciences and EPFL directors for creating this favorable environment, improving laboratory data management; Pr. Andy Oates and Pierig Le Pottier for their strong support and help in writing the article; my colleagues from the IT department, in particular Paul Schalbetter, for the scripting of the figures, as well as Philippe Borel, Peter Hliva, and Christopher Tremblay who ensure the continuity of ELN-LIMS deployments; and finally all the scientific staff who actively fostered and participated in the ELN and LIMS deployments in their laboratory.


The EPFL, School of Life Sciences provided funding for this research.



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