Introduction to openBIS

Date 6 May 2020
Speaker(s) Caterina Barillari, Henry Luetcke
ECTS 0.25
Fees *academic: 60 CHF   -   for-profit: 300 CHF
Cancellation deadline 22 Apr 2020
City Lausanne
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.


This 1-day course provides a general overview of openBIS, followed by a practical training session, for wet lab scientists.

openBIS is a combined data management platform, Electronic Laboratory Notebook, and Inventory Management System. openBIS helps scientists meet requirements from funding agencies, journals, and academic institutions to publish data according to the FAIR data principles. Scientists can use openBIS to document their daily experimental or computational work, store any related experimental raw and derived data, and link everything to materials, samples and protocols stored in the lab inventory. The system ensures safe data storage and provenance tracking. The first part of the course will focus on the user training and data analysis, while the second part will focus on the admin training.

openBIS is open-source software distributed under the Apache v2.0 licence, developed by ETH Zurich Scientific IT Services (ETH SIS). ETH SIS provides a data management service to the entire Swiss scientific community based on openBIS, either as a cloud-hosted version or on local infrastructure, as part of the swissuniversities funded project.


This course is intended for master and PhD students, post-docs and staff scientists working in experimental labs.

Minimum 7 participants.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • be able to customise openBIS to meet their needs
  • understand and be able to create openBIS types
  • customise an inventory of materials and methods
  • register materials and samples
  • register laboratory protocols
  • register an experiment and upload data
  • be able to analyse data stored in openBIS with Jupyter or MATLAB


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed for beginners and does not require any previous knowledge.


You are required to bring your own laptop with an internet connection. An openBIS test server will be made available to participants on the day of the course. Test cases will be provided by the instructors; however you are invited to bring your own data for testing.


The registration fees for academics are 60 CHF. This includes course content material and coffee breaks. Participants from non-academic institutions should contact us before application.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set is set to 22/04/2020. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and Time

University of Lausanne (Metro M1 line, Sorge station).

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to participants in due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn

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