Within LabKey Biologics, you can use data-integrated Notebooks for documenting your experiments. These electronic lab notebooks have direct access to the data you are storing and are a secure way to protect intellectual property as you work.

How can I use Notebooks for my work?

Notebooks are available in LabKey Biologics.

Who can see my Notebooks?

Every user with "Read" access to your Biologics project can also see all Notebooks created there.

What can I reference from a Notebook?

You can reference anything in your Biologics application, including data, experiments, specific samples, and other notebooks. Use a direct reference selector to place a color coded reference directly in your Notebook text. Add a single reference at a time, or add multiple references in bulk.

The combined list of all elements referenced from a notebook is maintained in an Overview panel.

Learn more in this topic: Add a Reference

How are Notebooks locked and protected once signed?

After the notebook has been approved we create a signed snapshot. The snapshot will include all notebook data including:

  • Notebook metadata and text
  • Any data referenced in the notebook (samples, entities, experiments, assay runs, etc.)
  • Attached files
The data archive will be compressed and stored in the database to allow future downloads. We will compute a SHA-2 cryptographic hash over the data archive and store it in the database. This allows us to verify that the contents of the data archive are exactly the same as the notebook that was signed and approved.

What happens to my Notebooks when I upgrade?

  • Once you create a Notebook, it will be preserved (and unaltered) by upgrades of LabKey Biologics.

What are team templates?

Templates can give you a head start in creating a Notebook with a given format or containing boilerplate details. Team templates are shared with the team. You can also create personal templates that are not shared.

When you view the Templates Dashboard, all the templates you created are listed on the My Templates tab. Templates created by other users and shared with you are listed on the Team Templates tab.

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