LabInform: A Modular Laboratory Information System Built From Open Source Components

03 March 2022, Version 1
This content is a preprint and has not undergone peer review at the time of posting.


A framework for reproducible data analysis is only half the battle if it comes to reproducible research. Additional essential requirements are a way to safely store both, raw data and metadata and a method to uniquely refer to a dataset or any piece of information. Such unique identifier is fully independent of the actual place the information referred to is stored and does not change over time. Additionally, numeric IDs for samples and alike come in quite handy. A knowledge base and an electronic lab notebook, both based on wiki software and thus easily accessible requiring only a web browser and connection to the intranet, complete the system. Overarching design rules are simplicity, robustness and sustainability, focussing on small-scale deployment of the system retaining compatibility with future developments and community efforts. Key aspects in setting up the system are its use of well-proven open-source tools combined with maximal modularity, resulting in a low entry threshold and allowing to implement and develop it along the way of focussing on actual research.


reproducible research
electronic lab notebook
persistent identifier
knowledge base
open source

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