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AnIML Open Data


This white paper, which describes AnIML’s features and highlights a number of possible applications, is aimed at helping decision makers in the user and vendor community evaluate the use of AnIML as a data format.

What you’ll learn

Technical Concepts

Discover why a universal, open source data standard is needed to support experiment automation, data interchange and long-term storage.

Regulatory Compliance

From GxP to 21 CFR Part 11 and beyond, see how AnIML facilitates compliance best practices with digital signatures and audit trails.

Workflow Augmentation

Learn how AnIML’s architecture lets you scale up increasingly complex experiments across a spectrum of measurement techniques.

Practical Applications

Explore real-world use cases of AnIML, including LIMS integration, cross-technique data mining, post-processing and data publication, and more.

How does AnIML work?

AnIML documents capture lab workflows and results, no matter which instruments or measurement techniques were used, by providing a generic data container for storage of arbitrary analytical data. That container is built on these four elements:

  • Sample information
  • Measurement results
  • Legacy data migrations
  • Instruments and software used

Also included is workflow information that ties experiments and samples together.

Technique Definitions let you formally constrain the use of the data container—in other words, how the data for a specific measurement technique should be captured in an AnIML document. This means you can use AnIML with a wide range of analytical techniques. The AnIML document grows gracefully as new techniques are developed, so you can keep using your existing software components.

How can AnIML benefit my lab?

AnIML is based on XML, which yields several benefits:

  • Many tools for XML manipulation are readily available off the shelf, making implementation easier.
  • Because XML is a text-based format, AnIML documents are human readable, which is critical to long-term storage.
  • Efforts are ongoing to apply this data format to many scientific domains beyond analytical chemistry and biology. AnIML is under development by the ASTM E13.15 subcommittee on Analytical Data, which is made up of volunteers from the industrial, academic, governmental and vendor communities

Please feel free to access our additional AnIML resources and technical documentation, including Technique Definitions and Schemas.

How can I use AnIML?

  • Visualize your data across platforms, devices and operating systems. We provide tools for all measurement techniques. For analysis and processing, AnIML offers peak finding, integration, and chemometrics.
  • Domain-specific processing: Decouple processing from vendor software and benefit from the unique capability of analyzing and processing data from different techniques, as well as pluggable-data functions.
  • Automate your workflows, supporting data acquisition and execution for better data management and cost effectiveness.

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