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From new instruments and software to the rise of the digital lab, the landscape of analytical chemistry data is constantly evolving. To stay on top of trends, we launch a comprehensive survey every few years focused on analytical chemistry data and its management. Here's what we learned.

At ACD/Labs we have assembled an extraordinary amount of experience in helping scientists and their organizations get maximum value from their analytical data. Not only by helping extract answers from data efficiently, but also enabling customers to store the knowledge gained in a scientifically intuitive manner with the context of the original experiment to maximize its value in future review and re-use. How is analytical data viewed in your organization, or are you scared to ask?

As 2017 comes to an end, Daria Thorp, President and CEO of ACD/Labs, looks back the company's 23 year history, and recounts some of its notable solutions, including ACD/Spectrus, ACD/Name and ACD/Percepta. She also discusses Luminata, ACD/labs' award winning impurity control informatics solution, which was introduced earlier this year.

There is widespread agreement that going digital will help us manage data better, make us more productive, more innovative and ultimately enable us to make smarter decisions—all the way from the bench to the boardroom. Yet, we remain relatively early in the transition from paper to paperless lab, despite the need for organizations to become more innovative and more competitive.

En route to SLAS 2016 in San Diego to talk about ‘Tackling Obstacles to Analytical Knowledge Externalization’ I was struck by the congruity of the breathtaking road I was taking with the topic planned for the Informatics–Data Wrangling session. National Geographic noted the road as “An exhilarating driving experience…In places, the road has narrow shoulders and sharp drop-offs, so stay alert”. The Informatics landscapes of modern science-based organizations also offer remarkable challenges to navigate.