GGA Software Services, a provider of outsourced scientific informatics services to the life sciences industry, has released Indigo ELN—an open source chemistry electronic lab notebook. Pharmbiz.com reported on the story in their article, “GGA Software Introduces Indigo ELN, an Open Source Version of Chemistry Electronic Lab Notebook for Scientific Community.” GGA was selected by one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to create and distribute the open source version of the notebook.
‘Indigo ELN represents a leading cost-effective alternative to commercial ELN products: Users can upgrade their existing ELN with a proven and tested open-source platform, and they can do it at no charge,’ said Richard Golob, GGA’s president and chief executive officer. Golob continued, ‘Through our own open-source cheminformatics initiative, GGA has been contributing software tools to the scientific community, and we regard this initiative with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies as a natural extension of our existing commitment to open-source technologies.’
The new endeavor contributes immensely to the chemistry community. Indigo ELN allows scientists to create, store, retrieve, and share electronic chemistry information records in legal and regulatory manners. Indigo ELN acts like Facebook, minus all the fluff, but containing all the social networking connections. It is a global academic community that maintains its integrity. All the information contained in the notebook, makes me wonder what search application GGA Software is using. Since the notebook is open source, they might consider an application build on open source software from LucidWorks.
Whitney Grace, October 15, 2012