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Labs expressed their opinion in the recently published study “Electronic lab notebooks: can they replace paper?” that addresses the subject of electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) and whether they can replace paper in today’s digital labs. Here, we summarize key barriers to faster ELN adoption and solutions on how to tackle them, according to the findings.
Paper laboratory journals and notebooks are no longer the most efficient way to keep research records. This is mostly due to the increasing amounts of digital data generated in labs today.
Experimental data analysis often relies on digital tools and there is a growing need in many labs to implement an easy to use lab management system.
However, the adoption of digital systems in labs has been slow. In order to gain better understanding of the situation, we decided to conduct the largest study on ELN adoption so far. The study provides information on the direction in which the ELN market is moving and insight on why the ELN adoption has been so slow.