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LabInform is the modular Laboratory Information and management system (LIMS) for the scientist, who has neither money nor time to familiarise themselves with complex, large solutions for electronic data acquisition and storage. It is a collection of best practices from almost fifteen years of personal experience in everyday laboratory work.

All components are based on free and open source software, the core idea is simplicity and scalability. The system should fit as easily as possible into existing processes, offer the user maximum freedom, but at the same time help to maintain an overview (or get a new one) when the data volumes grow and the group grows.

A description of LabInform is available as preprint via ChemRxiv:

A demo of the wiki components of LabInform (currently in German only) is available online:

LabInform ELN

One essential component of the LabInform infrastructure is an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN). For both, a detailed discussion of ELNs in general as well as a description of the LabInform ELN, see the following preprint on ChemRxiv:

  • Mirjam Schröder, Till Biskup
    LabInform ELN: A lightweight and flexible electronic laboratory notebook for academic research based on the open-source software DokuWiki.
    ChemRxiv, 2023 doi:10.26434/chemrxiv-2023-2tvct

Besides this preprint, the LabInform ELN is extensively documented. For more information, head over to the documentation available online at

A demo of the LabInform ELN is available online:

About the Author/Developer: The author of LabInform is a scientist in the field of physical chemistry and spectroscopy. He has fifteen years of practical experience with everyday laboratory work and a penchant for the traceability of data acquisition and processing. In addition, he has developed a series of relatively extensive and proven evaluation programs for spectroscopic data, the latest being the ASpecD framework and the packages building upon it. Further information can be found on his homepage.

A note on the logo: The “L” originates from the Computer Modern Roman font originally designed by Donald E. Knuth for his TeX typesetting system. As such, it represents science and the scientific method. Harbouring the “i” representing the information bit puts things right: Proper and reproducible science is the solid support for all the information we can retrieve. The copyright of the logo belongs to J. Popp.

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