Electronic Lab Notebooks

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Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) are software solutions for the digital acquisition and management of research data. Ideally, the ELN supports the whole research process from the planning and implementation of experiments to the analysis of results.

ELNs are intended to replace classical lab notebooks in order to improve the searchability and accessibility of data as well as the sharing of results. Since the majority of research data is acquired in digital form, ELNs can help to prevent unnecessary media breaks.

On this website you can find information regarding the use of ELNs at Thuringian research institutes.  Additionally, information about ELNs and events regarding this topic is provided.

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Chemotion ELN

As an ELN, Chemotion is designed in particular for the needs of chemical research. It is further developed within the  NFDI4Chem and will integrate various features of chemical subdisciplines. The FSU provides an   own Chemotion ELN instance. For more information, please contact the local NFDI4Chem team.


The ELN Labfolder is used at the Institute of Microbiology at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. The ELN is used by staff in their daily laboratory work and also by students writing their theses. In addition, Labfolder, in combination with online materials on digital research data management, is also integrated into the microbiology practicals of Bachelor's and Master's students. Dr. Torsten Schubert ( is available as contact person.


RSpace is established at the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) in Jena. The best practice example is also described in the second version of the ELN-Wegweiser (german) of the ZB Med. If you are interested and have any questions about RSpace, please feel free to contact Dr. Karol Szafranski at the FLI (

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