Last week, sciNote was one of the exhibitors the Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. HIMSS is known to be the place where once a year all the bright minds from the world of IT and Healthcare come together, observe the trends and talk business.
Which are the main advantages of Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs)? Is your research data safe in the cloud? When is the Internet of Things coming to the laboratories? If you would like to get answers to these questions, we recommend you to listen to the ELNs under the Spotlight Webinar with Klemen Zupancic, PhD, CEO sciNote LLC and Jana Erjavec, PhD, Product Manager sciNote LLC.
If you are working in the lab you would probably relate to the fact that new ideas and especially ideas about the use of new digital solutions in the lab can be a bit of an obstacle to be accepted by the rest of the team and the PI.
Today, we are having a conversation with Jana Erjavec, PhD about handling the situations when your ideas get stuck.
Let’s plant the digital forest!
What is this all about?
There is an ongoing debate about whether saving paper has anything to do with saving trees and whether the rise of digital technology is better or worse for the environment.
In this article we will tackle major concerns regarding the use of digital, cloud-based, online lab notebooks and similar software solutions.
Managing and Saving Scientific Data: Going from Paper to Electronic Lab Notebooks and to DNA Storage
Science plays a big role in generating an ever increasing amounts of data. We are able to produce the “big data” with a single experiment. IDC reports that from 2005 to 2020, the so called digital universe will grow by a factor of 300, from 130 exabytes to 40,000 exabytes, or 40 trillion gigabytes, which is more than 5,200 gigabytes for every man, woman, and child by 2020.
Before we enter the age of fully automated labs where all devices are connected and compatible, there are several hurdles to overcome. Switching to an Electronic Lab Notebook often opens up questions about saving data on the cloud.
Can you imagine yourself in the future working in a lab full of interconnected devices that are responsive and intelligent? This is not only wishful thinking but a soon-to-be reality called the Internet of Things (IoT).
Being part of a large Genomics Core facility within an academic setting (Oxford Genomics Centre), my job partly entails research into and evaluation of potentially useful software tools.