Whatever your research field, keep track of all materials and samples used in your lab. Create experimental or computational procedures to share with all lab members.
Describe your wet-lab or computational experiments and link to the materials, samples and protocols stored in the inventory.
Make your data FAIR. Store all data connected to your experiments, of any size and format, via the web interface or using background upload scripts, depending on the data size.
Use openBIS as metadata repository and use our git-like tool to link huge datasets across different locations.
Use Jupyter notebook to analyse your data and store your notebooks in openBIS. Use the APIs to integrate openBIS in your workflow manager to extract data for large-scale analysis on a computer cluster and upload results back to openBIS.
Excel-compatible import and export formats for all tables. Export of lab notebook to text and word files.
Full control of user profile and access privileges.
Keep track of all modifications entered in the database.
Write your own plugins to extend existing functionalities or add new ones.
openBIS is the central data management system in all the research projects in which I participate. This powerful and flexible tool enables us to do the following critical tasks easily: 1. Keep research data backed up using geo-redundant, near-line tape systems while also keeping several copies of the data on the fast parallel storage resources that are part of the computational resources; 2. Allow collaborators to upload and annotate data by themselves; 3. Monitor the data produced by scientific instruments and automatically make that data available to all project members; 4. Easily integrate openBIS with Jupyter notebooks with the pybis API; 5. Customise every aspect with the UI plugins and we have used these to allow users to submit workflows and upload data.
openBIS has become the most important digital team member of our lab at the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology. Besides streamlining and documentation, openBIS also functions as the "experienced senior scientist”, that effectively provides a collaborative learning environment to educate our students in practical aspects of synthetic biology.