openBIS is an open platform for managing scientific information. Its purpose is to support research data workflows from bench to publication. openBIS facilitates reproducibility of scientific results by keeping track of all relevant information on procedures, original and derived research data, analysis methods and knowledge resources.

The openBIS software framework allows us to be fast and flexible when building data management solutions for new use cases in the life sciences and beyond. The platform is under active development since 2007. It is time-proven and field-tested in many real-world applications in academia and industry.


openBIS ELN-LIMS is a plugin aimed at extending and facilitating the use of the data management platform openBIS as an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) and laboratory information management system (LIMS). Read more about openBIS ELN-LIMS.

openBIS for Illumina NGS

openBIS for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) allows to manage all data generated by Illumina Sequencers. Read more about openBIS for Illumina NGS.

openBIS for High Content Screening and Microscopy

openBIS for High Content Screening (HCS) allows users to query and visualize raw and analyzed data produced in HCS experiments in an intuitive way. openBIS for microscopy builds on top of openBIS for HCS, with an image viewer that allows to visualize single images as well as images taken at different time-points and different depths. Read more about openBIS for HCS and microscopy.

With the recently developed BigDataLink module, it is also possible to use openBIS as a metadata catalogue for existing large datasets (hundreds of TBs to PBs) that cannot be conveniently moved into the openBIS-managed storage. This tool uses a combination of git and git annex to manage versions of large datasets on cloud and HPC storage, and creates links in openBIS to such large datasets. openBIS server supports both managed and linked datasets in one data space, and allows links to be maintained between them to cover complex provenance graphs. Read more about openBIS BigDataLink.