Data standards and the technology to implement them are simply a means to an end. What matters is adoption. The mark of success is that you, your scientists, your enterprise and your patients, don’t know and don’t care that data standards underpin the seamless flow of data from acquisition to insight and quality- it just works. For that to happen, they have to become a transparent part of our architecture, tools and infrastructure, not a special project or custom add-on. Agilent’s press release this week announcing that they are now supporting ADF in the latest version of their chromatography data system (OpenLab CDS ChemStation Edition) is a major step in that direction. The vast majority of software running on instruments in the laboratory or manufacturing line, as well as the informatics applications orchestrating the workflow are commercial software. So, the growth of an ecosystem of successful solutions and services from the Allotrope Partners is the cornerstone of realizing our vision.
As John Sadler, Vice President and General Manager of Agilent’s Software and Informatics Division said in Agilient’s press release, the Allotrope Data Format “… promises to increase data integrity, improve scientific reproducibility, boost efficiencies, enhance searchability, and fast-track the ability to use all the information collected from a given sample.” And now it’s available from a major vendor of chromatography instruments and software.
Stay tuned! Momentum across the ecosystem is building- the Foundation is looking forward to future announcements from more of our partners in the APN.