ChemotionSummary from Vendor: Chemotion is a development of the Stefan Bräse group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The project aims for the development of freely available infrastructure for research data management through the development of two independent IT systems, namely an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) and a chemistry web repository. Free access and free use through academic researchers is one principle of this project allowing and promoting collaborative work and scientific exchange among scientists. Please note that this tool is still in development and in its testing phase.

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Features & Specifications

  • Interactivity

    Interface functionality

    Search functions can search across file formats and beyond typos

    • Able to search for documents within the platform
    • Able to search beyond file formats
    • Able to search beyond typographical errors
    • Transparency of file structure 


    Ability to manipulate files and images

    • Yes, can manipulate all formats (text documents, spreadsheets, images, other data sets)


    Support for multiple open windows

    • Yes


    Ability to link out

    • Yes
  • Support for Researcher Documentation

    Documentation and metadata creation

    Hyperlink Support

    • Yes


    Metadata Creation Prompts

    • Yes


    Rights Management (Licensing)

    • Not applicable


    Protocol Integration

    • Yes
  • Adaptability to Lab Workflows

    Platform compatibility

    Accounts/Permissions Levels

    • Yes


    Internal Data Sharing

    • Yes


    Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

    • No information provided


    Compatibility with Authoring Tools

    • No


    Windows Compatible    

    • Yes


    Macintosh Compatible

    • Yes


    Linux Compatible

    • Yes


    Android Compatible    

    • Yes


    iOS Compatible    

    • Yes
  • Storage

    Available data storage options

    Cloud Storage    

    • No


    Local Storage    

    • Yes


    Hybrid (cloud/local) Storage

    • No



    • Backup versioning. Backups are stored every day.


    File Redundancy

    • No information provided


    Creates stable URLs or persistent identifiers for entries

    • Yes


    Can unregistered users access the data found at persistent links?

    • No

    Storage Capacity - Users

    • No limit


    Storage Capacity - Max File Size

    • No limit
  • Hosting

    Software access


    • No 



    • Yes


    Hybrid (combination of cloud and local)    

    • No
  • Support

    Training and maintenance offered


    • In-person training, user-oriented training, administrator-oriented training, general presentation in seminars, and YouTube videos.



    • Support forum, video tutorials, instructions, and other documentation.


    Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

    • Yes. Migration is possible with Excel. Platforms offering data export in Excel can be migrated. Other options include migration from ISISBase.


    Compatability with data repositories

    • Yes


    Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

    • Yes. Migration/export should be possible at any time (independent of the end of the service). Export functions are already available in various modes.


    Recovery Options

    • Backups are stored every day & the database is mirrored by the institutional IT infrastructure


    Single Sign-on (Institutional ID)

    • Yes


    Number of Installations per institution

    • No limit


    Multiple client use

    • Yes

    Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

    • No information available


    Other higher-education users

    • Currently one; Chemotion is still in development with roll-out planned for March 2018.
  • Security Compliance with Harvard security

    Compliance with Harvard security

    Harvard Security Levels

    • Up to and including Level 3.


    Backdoor accessibility

    • Yes
  • Other

    Additional features

    Open Science/Open Data Efforts

    • Chemotion is completely open-source. Chemotion links to open-data repositories like Pubchem, NMRshiftdb, and its own Chemotion repository.

    • Chemotion automatically supports information generation for open-access journals, with ongoing publication in KITOpen (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology's central repository). 


    Academically Oriented

    • Yes


    Cost (per seat)    

    • Chemotion is free and open-source


    Dictation/voice input

    • No


    Data Entry

    • No information provided


    Platform Integrations

    • Integrated with open-data repositories
  • Tiers of Service

    Features and costs associated

    Not applicable