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eLabFTW – Free and Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook

Posted by Marcus Zillman

eLabFTW – Free and Open Source Electronic Lab Notebook

Designed by researchers, for researchers, with usability in mind. With eLabFTW you get a secure, modern and compliant system to track your experiments efficiently but also manage your lab with a powerful and flexible database. If you do experimental research, then eLabFTW is for you. Whatever your field is. It is also well suited for teachers, or biotech companies. eLabFTW is powered by PHP/MySQL in Docker containers. It should be installed on a server. One install can be for a team, or the whole institution. You can also install it on your computer just for yourself. Features include: 1) Free – Open-source with an AGPL licence means free as in beer but also free as in freedom. You have the freedom to modify it, look how it works and even redistribute your changes; 2) Secure – Strong encryption, good practices and modern codebase offers the best security for your data; 3) Responsive – You can access your lab book from any device, running any operating system, from anywhere in the world; 4) Cross-platform – Use your favorite operating system. You only need a recent browser; 5) Timestamps – RFC 3161 compliant timestamping of experiments (for intellectual property); 6) Inventory management – Store reagents, protocols, plasmids, cell lines, mice or anything you want, you can customize everything; 7) Stay master of your data – Import and export your data in common file formats (PDF, ZIP, CSV, JSON). Your data is not locked somewhere; 8) Internationalization – eLabFTW is translated in several languages because not everyone is comfortable with english; 9) Scheduler – Use the integrated scheduler to book anything you need to like microscopes, rooms, machines, etc. This will be added to Biological Informatics Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Entrepreneurial Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™.

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