Using LabArchives Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) in Your Lab

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LabArchives® is the leading secure and intuitive cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) application enabling researchers to easily create, store, share and manage their research data. Far more than an “ELN”, LabArchives provides a flexible, extensible platform that can be easily customized to match your lab's workflow providing benefits to Principal Investigators, lab managers, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

LabArchives ELN benefits and features:

  • Monitor, engage, and evaluate your teams' lab work
  • Notebook user access can be managed to allow access rights to certain notebooks, pages and/or entries
  • Interconnect all your lab data and image files to your observations and notes
  • Create and adhere to funding agency data management plans which require data sharing (via public URL or DOI)
  • Easily import and access digital experimental data captured from original lab machines produced by hardware/software
  • Lab team can easily upload images and videos directly to their notebook while conducting lab experiments
  • Complete audit control - tracks and stores ALL revisions, by users, for every entry - NO entry can be deleted - Protect IP
  • Publish and share selected data or entire notebooks to specific individuals or the public

More information about electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) can be found on the Gurdon Institute website at The site includes:

  • What is an Electronic Lab Notebook, and why should I use one?
  • A note about DIY documentation systems
  • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) vs Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Disengagement - what if I want to change systems?
  • Which ELN would be best for me/my group?
  • Evaluating the product
  • Some current ELN products (suitability, platform, storage, and other details)
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Collaborative workflow
Data collection
Data management
Data management planning
Data publication
Data quality - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
Data usage
Digital preservation workflow
Electronic lab notebook (ELN)
Workflows - Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Gurdon Institute
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University of Cambridge
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Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
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Research scientist
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