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Voice Notes to ELN: IDBS Integration (Video)

Updated: Apr 15, 2022

LabVoice users can now upload their immediate observations - both the text transcript and audio recording - into IDBS. Yet another example of a Laboratory Digital Assistant transforming how scientists interact with their instruments and software.

Introducing a new capability from the LabVoice-IDBS partnership.

With the new Voice Note function, users can embed the ability to capture not only the text transcription of the note, but also the raw audio file.

The benefits of this function are threefold:

First, it expands upon the real-time data capture capabilities of the LabVoice-IDBS integration. Users have the reassurance that should they want to double-check the transcription, they are able to listen directly to what they recorded while they are in the lab.

Real-time data capture includes the added benefit of increased engagement with the IDBS informatics platform. Scientists no longer need to worry about temporary records, i.e. Post-It notes, or their memory to capture important details. In our experience, relying on notes to enter into ELN at the end of the day (or week, or month) drastically reduces the likelihood that those notes ending up in the ELN.

Secondly, voice notes offer an additional level of compliance. Should a lab director, QC leader, or any other person wish to run some post-experiment analysis, they can quickly reference the audio file or transcription to better understand or help clarify any discrepancies they note. As Bob McDowell, a QC & GxP consultant, notes, "If voice recognition is there, voice has the potential to be more secure than a keyboard.” Voice notes can offer more secure access as users collect data, and, because the audio is saved, users can even clean up their results after running them.

Lastly, better data and more observations in an experiment boosts reproducibility. Scientists can use the information in the experiment to recreate a project should the original scientist not be available. As the trend of the Connected Lab becomes more and more popular, we see a greater emphasis on reproducibility. What’s lacking in the Connected Lab, however, is the ability to capture qualitative observations; even the most connected lab cannot quickly record the color of a sample. That’s where voice notes come in. As you’ll see in the video, qualitative responses from the user are transcribed and saved quickly and easily.

Both LabVoice and IDBS are committed to the support of this integration and will work with customers to help discover new applications. Should you be interested in a specific use case, please speak with your LabVoice or IDBS contact, or reach out via email: ||

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