Pillar Science

Summary from Vendor: Pillar Science is an all-in-one research integration platform. It offers all the functionalities of a modern electronic lab notebook (ELN) and can be automatically connected your actual lab workflow.  It also does much more than a traditional ELN: Pillar Science includes tools to create customizable charts, statistical analyses, scientific posters (!), reserve equipment and even produce financial reports.

Compare Pillar Science to other options in the Electronic Lab Notebook Matrix.

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Search functions can search across file formats and beyond typos

Ability to search for documents within the platform 3/3, Ability to search beyond file formats 3/3, Ability to search beyond typographical errors 3/3, Transparency of file structure 3/3

Ability to manipulate files and images

Text documents and spreadsheets can be manipulated

Support for multiple open windows

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Ability to link out

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Support for Researcher Documentation

Hyperlink support

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Metadata Creation Prompts

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Rights Management (Licensing)

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Protocol Integration

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Adaptability to Lab Workflows

Accounts/Permissions Levels

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Internal Data Sharing

green check

Adaptable to a Variety of Workflows

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Compatibility with authoring tools

red x

Windows Compatible

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Macintosh Compatible

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Linux Compatible

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Android Compatible

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iOS Compatible

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Cloud Storage

green check Different storage locations available (US, Canada, Europe and more).

Local Storage

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Hybrid (cloud/local) Storage

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File Redundancy

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Creates stable URLs or persistent identifiers for entries

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Can unregistered users access the data found at persistent links

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Storage Capacity - Users

No limit

Storage Capacity - Max File Size

No limit



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green check Webinar customized trainings are offered to new users.



green check Both for users and for the public API

A knowledge based is available. It includes quick start instructions, articles and videos. Email and phone support are also available.

Data Migration from Other Systems (incoming migration)

green check We can also integrate and extend from existing systems instead of migrating.

Compatability with data repositories

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Exit Strategies (outgoing migration)

green check All data and files created in the platform are in open format such as .csv or .svg

Recovery Options

Data are replicated three times. The default mode is ‘soft deletion’ which means that all files can be kept for recovery purposes even after being erased.

Single Sign-on (Institutional ID)

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Number of Installations per institution

No limit

Multiple client use

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Number of registered Harvard/HMS users

red x

Other higher-education users

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Security levels

Up to and including Level 5

Backdoor accessibility

red x


Open Science/Open Data Efforts

green check All data created or converted are saved in an open format. Users are encouraged to share their data as much as possible with the community

Academically Oriented


green check The workflow and the pricing is optimized for academics.

Cost (per seat)


Dictation/voice input

red x

Data Entry

green check We provide a web spreadsheet. Data can come from Excel-like spreadsheets or can be connected from other data sources (such as a database or a survey program) using our public API.

Tiers of Service

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Platform Integrations

green check We provide a Dropbox-like application to sync data from any computer or apparatus. We also have a public API that can be used to connect with other systems, software programs or platforms.

Tiers of Services






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  • Automated secure data backup    
  • Spreadsheet editor    

  • Store any kind of data

  • Research protocol editor

  • Centralized and organized research

  • Collaboration and sharing tools

  • 1 TB+ of team storage

  • Advanced access control

  • Advanced help centre

  • Email support 


  • Statistics and Charts which allows users to automate the creation of publication-ready charts and compute standard statistical analysis much like you would do in SPSS. No coding required.

  • Poster module which allows to create real-time dashboards with the most recent data visualization. It can be used to create a virtual academic poster similar to what you see in a conference.

  • Network module which allows to communicate and collaborate with other users of the platform based on their expertise.

  • Booking module which allows to reserve equipment and platforms. Equipment usage can be reported to support grants requests.

  • Calendar module which allows to follows experiment completion, important deadlines and trace back data production.

  • Financial systems can be integrated to allow for project-level financial management.


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Updated: 2019-04-17

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