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Generic office software such as Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Project are still heavily used for research data management and project communication – thus, often depriving life science research of the full benefits of informatics, such as saving time doing data processing, optimization of laboratory efficiency, increased data quality, improved analysis of aggregated data, and timely notifications of project results.
This state of affairs is largely caused by the complexity of the current generation of research data management software, which takes too long to implement and cannot easily and quickly be adapted to changing research workflows; scientists are therefore forced to rely on isolated Excel files, offering great flexibility but very poor data management.
Sciformatics™ has recently started development of Scirex™, a Next Generation research data management platform for building highly customized systems. Scirex™ is built as a collection of building blocks that can be composed into workflow-specific solutions in an agile process by scientists or local informatics staff; by enabling fast changes and short feedback cycles, the solutions can quickly be adapted to changing workflows, and the project risk is dramatically reduced through close communication with the end users.
Scirex™ is focused on two areas of research informatics:
The main drivers for the design of Scirex™ are:
Future posts will go into concreate details about each of these priority guidelines.