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Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs): A Cloud-Based Application Available to Help Science Researchers Manage Their Data Between the Data Management Plan and Repository

Time 10/06/15 10:20AM-11:10AM

Room Room 25-B

Session Abstract

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks are increasingly being used in research laboratories throughout the world. In addition, they can also be employed in teaching laboratories where they can serve as an important component and vital tool both to train future scientists in the use of modern technology in the lab, but also to enhance both the teaching and learning experience.

Laboratory Notebooks are an important component and vital tool in the scientific research process. For hundreds of years, investigators have employed paper notebooks to maintain their research data and information, but with improved technology and the evolution of data from analog to digital, from local servers to cloud hosting, there has been a migration to digital versions, Electronic lab notebooks (ELN) provide an overall digital management solution, while supporting the research staff’s productivity and efficiency within the lab. ELNs enable researchers to easily create, store, share and manage their research data, while principal investigators maintain overall control of their research and are able to support funding agencies data management plan requirements.

With the proper selection and implementation, lab research staff overwhelmingly prefer the electronic notebook to paper due to the increased efficiencies and ease of use. With the movement from paper to digital, institutions around the world see the benefits of upgrading to the digital cloud based technologies.


In the course of the presentation we will highlight:
Overview of Lab (Research) Notebook and ELN Basics
- History
- Paper to digital
Key features/Functionality to look for
-Considerations for selection
-researcher perspective
-administrator / IT perspective
- Ease of inputting data
- Ease of working with content
- Organizational structure
- Data security
- Ability to access data and searchability
- Collaboration/data sharing
- Ability to customize
- Ability to export data
Security and infrastructure
- IP Issues
- Compliance institutional/national policy
- Local install vs Cloud-Based
- Software limitations
Administrative access / controls
- Reporting and metrics
- Usage records
- Integration
- Service model
ELN Implementation examples
- These would be provided by co-presenters which would describe process / pain points / opportunities


Speaker Matt Dunie LabArchives

Presentation Media

Primary track Cloud Services (Systems Integration & Ownership)

Secondary tracks Research

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