Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELN)

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LabKey Biologics: Electronic Lab Notebook

Within the LabKey Biologics application, you will soon be able to make use of the new ELN (Electronic Laboratory Notebook) feature set demonstrated during the LabKey User Conference in October 2020.

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Using LabKey Server for Recording Lab Work

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

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

Each lab team can use a customized individual folder and you can separate functions on 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 Lab Workflow Folders

See the Lab Workflow Folder Tutorial to begin building a basic 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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