Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN)

Documentation: Version 20.7

Using LabKey Server as an Electronic Lab Notebook

LabKey Server offers the functionality of a simple Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) or Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), including:

  • Documentation of experimental procedures and results.
  • Management of file-based content.
  • Organization of lab notes and observations.
Like any content on LabKey Server, the ELN resources are searchable via full-text search and securely shareable with individuals or groups of your choice.

Each ELN can be set up as an individual folder or you can use individual tabs within a folder. Within each folder or tab a combination of tools may be used for the lab notebook, including:

  • Workbooks: Use workbooks as containers for experimental results, work areas for uploading files, and holding lab notes.
  • Assays: Use assay designs to hold your instrument data in a structured format.
  • Sample Types: Use sample types to track and organize the materials used in laboratory experiments, including their derivation history.
  • Assay Request Tracker: A workflow designed especially for the assaying of specimens and samples, providing a collaboration tool that ties together the various elements of the work to be completed in a single trackable ticket.
  • Audit History: LabKey Server's extensive audit log can help you meet compliance challenges.
  • Electronic Signatures / Sign Data: Provides data validation mechanisms to experimental data.
  • Wikis: Wiki pages can handle any sort of textual information, including laboratory free text notes, grant information, and experimental procedures.
  • Files: Manage your file-based content.
  • Search: Locate resources using full-text search.

Getting Started with ELN Functionality

See the ELN tutorial to begin building a basic electronic lab notebook. The tutorial shows you how to model a basic lab workflow which links together freezer inventories, samples, and downstream assay results. Use this example application as a starting point to extend and refine for your own workflows.

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