Can SharePoint work as an ELN? I get asked many questions about using SharePoint as an ELN and it seems like a good time to take stock and sum up the various points, both pro and con.
Firstly I’ll review SharePoint and some of the strong features that are absolutely required for an ELN such as collaboration, audits and versions. Then I’ll discuss what is missing from SharePoint and why it might be worth considering a commercial Electronic Lab Notebook.
As Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) roll out across more and more industries, there are discussions on whether ELNs in the Cloud are now mature enough for consideration.
An important consideration is where to host and maintain your valuable R&D data.
How do you bring together tens of thousands of pages of certificates, drawings, procedures and specifications into one formatted, organized document with an up to date table of contents?
And then do it all over again the next week with new content for a new customer?
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked this question by potential ELN
I’ve been working with Project Managers from different industries and over the last few years and I have seen their pressure increase as managing projects seems to get more complex every year.
Ever think about how much work it is to deploy an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN)?
Seems like an overwhelming task.
For many organizations it is.
Electronic Lab Notebook
Catching up with reading over the New Year, I found the article ‘Tough Choices for Consumer Goods companies’ in my list. (http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/consumer_and_retail/tough_choices_for_consumer_goods_companies).
It’s a challenge to think about carbon dioxide as a positive resource rather than as a pollutant, but that’s what Gernot Klotz, Innovation head at Cefic, set out to do at October’s Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit.
It has already been discussed that the KineMatik ELN is built upon Content Server, an Enterprise Information Management system. This means that the ELN also contains an enterprise class document management system. Some of the features of document management probably don’t mean much for most end users, but it is important, especially in the more regulated environments (QA/QC, manufacturing etc.) as the user can link to a specific approved version of a protocol. Thus if a protocol is updated, the Experimental reference still points to the version that was used for the experiment, maintaining the experimental integrity.
Electronic Lab Notebook,
Electronic Lab Notebook for Manufacturing,
Good Laboratory Practice,
integration with other laboratory informatics syst,
Enterprise Content Management,
Enterprise Document Management,
electronic document management,
Good Laboratory Practices,
seamless data integration,
KineMatik’s ELN currently incorporates Social Media tools to improve collaboration, such as blogs, wikis, and discussion forums not only for internal, proprietary exchange of ideas, but equally for organizations working with external partners.