Integrating an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) solution into your current technical systems may be easier than you think. When we sat down to develop our app, our goal was to create an all-in-one software solution that meets researchers’ needs without giving them a headache.
You don’t need to change a thing on your workstations, in your network, or anywhere else in your systems. Simply plug in LabLog’s modern and powerful API, and we’ll take care of the heavy lifting.
What’s an API?
API stands for Application Programming Interface. Simply put, it’s the middle-man between two applications. Every time you send a picture from your phone on a messenger app, you’re using an API. It’s a messenger for computer programs.
Basically, the API facilitates data transfer from your instruments and other systems onto the app and vice versa. It lets us use LabLog to collect and store results.
Let’s try putting it in more familiar terms. You sit down at a restaurant, look over the menu, and decide what you want to eat. Great—now, how does the kitchen know what you want? That, of course, is where the wait staff comes into the picture. They transfer your message to the kitchen, and then they deliver your food when it’s done.
An API is essentially a digital waiter that handles data rather than cuisine.
LabLog’s Custom API
The developers at LabLog set out to create an API that is both convenient and secure. That’s why we built an enterprise-grade API using Microsoft's ASP.NET technology that we host on a secure Windows Server on Microsoft Azure. You can read more about our security features and partnership with Microsoft Azure here.
Not only did we design the API in order to comply with FDA 21 CFR 11, but we also divided the available API endpoints into logical categories to make it easier to learn and understand. We made everything as intuitive as possible.
By paying close attention to the balance between security measures and ease-of-use, we created an API that’s optimized for research and development.
And don’t worry—if you do encounter any issues, we offer free, in-person support.