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29 January 2021

In this guide we have attempted to coalesce much of the information required in order to design and implement a smart laboratory or, at the very least, to begin the process of laboratory automation. While it may seem like a challenging prospect, the underlying principles are simple and focused on crafting a strategy that will enable more productivity and insight to be generated from scientific research

29 January 2021

Data analytics is becoming increasingly important as laboratories have to process and interpret the ever-increasing volumes of data that their systems generate

29 January 2021

This chapter looks at how to build a smart laboratory; what approaches to take; and how to deal with potential problems. Becoming ‘smart’ takes time, not only due to the level of investment required, but also because of the impact of change and the need to consider legacy requirements.

29 January 2021
29 January 2021

This chapter considers how the smart laboratory contributes to the requirements of a knowledge eco-system, and the practical consequences of joined-up science. Knowledge management describes the processes that bring people and information together to address the acquisition, processing, storage, use and re-use of knowledge to develop understanding and to create value

28 January 2021

This chapter will look at the four major laboratory informatics tools – laboratory information management systems (LIMS), electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs), laboratory execution systems (LES) and scientific data management systems (SDMS) – their differences and how they relate to each other. Each of these systems functions at or around the ‘Information’ layer (see Figure 1) and typically serves to collate data and information about the laboratory’s operations

28 January 2021

This chapter will consider the different classes of instruments and computerised instrument systems to be found in laboratories and the role they play in computerised experiments and sample processing – and the steady progress towards all-electronic laboratories.

28 January 2021

This chapter discusses what we mean by a ‘smart laboratory’ and its role in an integrated business. We also look at the development of computerised laboratory data and information management; the relationships between laboratory instruments and automation (data acquisition); laboratory informatics systems (information management); and higher-level enterprise systems and how they align with knowledge management initiatives

28 January 2021

Informatics experts share their experiences of implementing new technologies and manging change in the modern laboratory

28 January 2021

It’s rare for a company to start with a clean slate when making decisions about laboratory automation

15 January 2021

Sophia Ktori considers how software can transform the laboratory

12 January 2021

Informatics experts share their views on the future of the laboratory and how things might change due to the added pressure of Covid-19

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