Introduction to openBIS (lectures) - streamed - now on YouTube

Date 6 May 2020
Speaker(s) Caterina Barillari, Henry Luetcke
Cancellation deadline 22 Apr 2020
City Streamed from Basel and Zurich

A recording of the lecture is available on YouTube.


This course provides a general overview of openBIS, followed by a practical training session.

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.

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.

Learning objectives

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

  • use the openBIS inventory of material and samples
  • use the openBIS inventory of laboratory protocols
  • document projects and experiments in the openBIS lab notebook and upload data
  • be able to analyse data stored in openBIS with Jupyter or MATLAB

If you are interested in attending both the lecture and the practicals, apply here.


Knowledge / competencies

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


This course will be streamed, you are thus required to have your own computer with an internet connection.


Attendance to lectures are free-of-charge, however registration is mandatory.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Venue and Time

This course will be streamed to the registered participants. More information will be sent in due time.

The course will start at 9:00 CET and end around 10:00 CET. Precise information will be provided to participants in due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn

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