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An open-source framework for sample management

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OpenLabFramework (OLF) is a groovy & grails based open-source laboratory information management system (LIMS) intended for advanced sample management in small to mid-sized laboratories. It has been developed with focus on the management of vector clone and genetically engineered cell lines. It can, however, be adapted to cover other biomaterials. Thanks to a modular structure and the use of grails, new functionality can be added with little developmental effort. Features currently included are among others:

For more information please have a look at the github WIKI where you can find more information for users, administrators, and software developers:

A demo is available at

(user: admin, password: demo0815)

This demo is now part of a larger Docker HTS pipeline ( where OpenLabFramework is integrated with related web applications such as SAVANAH and MIRACLE.

If you use OpenLabFramework please cite:

List et al., Efficient Sample Tracking with OpenLabFramework, Nat. Sci. Rep.

DOI: 10.1038/srep04278

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