Linking an Instrument to a Tablet - Still a bridge too far?Article as it appeared in Scientific Computing.com July 2015
In its simplest form, an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) can be thought of as an electronic embodiment of what is currently being done in a paper laboratory notebook. It is a tool that facilitates the workflows that play out in your particular laboratory. However, laboratory information management system (LIMS), electronic laboratory notebook and lab execution system (LES) applications all support this basic definition to a greater or lesser extent. The capabilities of all these product categories are blurring.
Today’s market perception is that an ELN is being used on a tablet and not on a traditional computer. An interesting detail worth mentioning is that, when the term “electronic lab notebook” was introduced in the late 90s, tablets didn’t exist at all !
Many laboratory operations are still predominantly paper-based. Even with the enormous potential to increase data integrity for compliance and global efﬁciency gains when working within virtual teams,