NEMO is a system developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the past several years to initially manage and operate its NanoFab facility. It is now also used in its Neutron Research facility.

"The NEMO web application is laboratory logistics software that strives to be intuitive and easy to use, making life easier in the lab. NEMO manages tool reservations, control access to tools, and streamline logistics and communication. The code is open source and free so that other labs can benefit." - NIST

The application is being actively maintained and has been forked many times by other labs and universities. NEMO is open source and accessible on GitHub at

NEMO integrates with various components to operate. This allows the system to interact with existing pieces of the organization if requested. NEMO depends on a few components as presented in the graphic below:

  • Identity Provider - user management

  • Web Server - web server

  • Database Management System - database

  • Shared Storage - files

  • Logging - system logs collection

  • SMTP Server - email

  • Interlock Service - tool/door control

Available Plugins

Plugin System

NEMO has been engineered with flexibility and enhancement in mind. For that reason, a plugin system has been used to enable customization and enhancements to be added with ease and maintainability.