Rescentris representatives demonstrated Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) software. Rob Day and Wolfgang Rumpf of Rescentris discussed reasons researchers should consider the move from traditional paper notebooks, file cabinets and three-ring binders to a 100% digital, paperless solution for capturing, organizing and archiving research data and documents. They described how to collect and store your research data in ways that comply with federal rules and standards, ensuring that the data is admissible as reliable evidence in legal, regulatory, and patent proceedings.
A good quality ELN can:
- Store ANY amount of digital information in ANY format from ANY source.
- Facilitate secure, regulated collaboration and interaction between workers in the same lab or on opposite sides of the world.
- Serve as a centralized, one-stop location for all documents, literature, protocols, grants, and in-progress or completed publications, dissertation chapters and raw data.
- Create templates for frequently repeated experiments and procedures making training and oversight of assistants easy and efficient.
- Protect data acquired from human-subjects studies, medical research or other areas where confidentiality and security are required.
- Prevent data from “walking away” from your lab.
- Keep all of your data in a form that will let you present it as unquestionably authentic in any legal, regulatory or academic misconduct proceedings.
Rescentris is a Columbus company founded by OSU Alumni. They make an ELN and lab data management product called CERF. You can learn more about Rescentris at http://rescentris.com.
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