Electronic Lab Notebook
One of the new technological advancements that have been taking over the market is the electronic lab notebook. Lab notebooks offer more benefits to organizations and supports collaboration among several users, its more secure than paper notebooks and it is easier to search for information.
There are two categories of electronic lab notebooks, they are:
Specific Electronic Lab Notebooks – these are equipped with features that are specifically designed to work with certain application, data types or scientific instrumentation.
Generic Electronic Lab Notebooks or Cross-Disciplinary Electronic Lab Notebooks – these notebooks are made torecord and access all information that should be documented in a lab notebook.
An electronic lab notebook should provide users with a safe environment that can secure the integrity of the process and the data. In addition to offering the flexibility to embrace changes to process that already exists or to new processes, without having to seek help from additional software development. The package architecture of the electronic lab notebook should be one that is of a modular design. This is to ensure that if you wish to make any changes to it in the near future, you will have the benefit of reducing the validation costs.
A lab notebook that is of high quality should be one that offers a solution with entirely configurable forms that consent to the specifications of regulated analytical groups through to an advanced electronic lab notebook that includes texts, pictures, chromatograms, spectra and structures where a preconfigured form is not really applicable. Data that is stored with the electronic lab notebook’s system should be stored in a database such as Oracle, MS-SQL or MySQL, and therefore should be completely searchable. The system must allow data to be gathered, stored and recovered through an amalgamation of forms and/or electronic lab notebook that is best suited for the user.
The application used on the notebook should allow secure forms to be created that receive laboratory data input through personal computers, and should be completely connected to electronic devices such as pH meters and laboratory balances. Wireless or networked communication should be assisted by the package that enables data to be archived, stored, approved, checked, tabulated and interrogated to adhere to the latest regulatory legislation and guidance. The system should also consist of a scheduling choice for standard procedures such as timelines related to study and qualification of equipment.
The electronic lab notebook is a great electronic device that any researcher or scientist could own, and it offers the same benefits of the traditional paper notebook but makes completing tasks so much easier.