In many areas of research, lab notebooks mainly consist of lists of sequential working steps, e.g. when preparing tissue samples or manufacturing microchips:
The exact sequence and the conditions can vary between experiments.
- cleaning the blank with a solvent
- drying for a specified time period
- coating with a photoresist
- exposure using a specific mask, at a specific wavelength
- coating removal, drying, vapor deposition, etc.
The available working steps can be categorized as "thermal unit operation" or "purification" to allow quick and convenient access.
The integrated permission management even allows to restrict access to certain operations to privileged persons.
|With Sciformation ELN, researchers can arrange such processes using an extensible set of almost freely designable building blocks.
Within a building block, defined parameters (duration, temperature, used equipment, lot numbers, etc.) of the current step can be logged in a structured way.
This presents the following advantages, compared to a free text:
|precise and complete documentation, users can be prompted to enter or validate important parameters
|higher work efficiency
|structured data storage, leading to completely new options for data search and analysis
|effortless translation into other languages
Standard procedures can be pre-defined, with desired values, which users can overwrite where necessary.
Complex procedures can be grouped as trees, consisting of partial processes, for the sake of clarity.