SOFT Instrument Link is a secure mechanism to integrate analytical instruments with LIMS and ELN software. SOFT stands for Secure Open-standard File Transfer.
It specifies a secure XML-based format for data exchange between LIMS/ELN software and LC-MS instruments, built on the AnIML format. The project originates in regulated bioanalysis, but is open to other areas as well. Learn more about the history.
SOFT offers a secure exchange mechanism for two main interactions:
The exchange is secured through digital signatures.
See the Github repository for documentation and example files.
The project team sees the following opportunities for future expansion of this format:
Currently, SOFT supports LC-MS instruments. Support for microplate readers and ligand binding assays is under consideration, since they play a significant role in the bioanalysis domain.
Today, this format is file-based. In the future, a file-less mechanism (such as SiLA or web services) could be added.