Does your research team requires assistance getting started or just need help fine tuning your data management workflow in LabArchives? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a LabArchives Digital Notebook consultation.
Please note: LabArchives require network connectivity. In cases where you have no access to the internet, such as being in the field, we recommend recording your work locally and then transferring/copying information into LabArchives when you re-establish network connectivity.
Below are a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to using Digital Notebooks at Tufts.
Digital Notebooks are an extension of the traditional bound and numbered lab notebook. Being electronic confers additional features into the notebook such as search capabilities, collaboration, and auditing and version history from funding agency compliance. Additionally, electronic documents, such as spreadsheets, images, and data files can be added to a Digital Notebook. Digital Notebooks are centrally maintained and can be accessed remotely by one or more people.
Anyone with a Tufts account who uses notebooks to record their work can use Digital Notebooks. In fact, many research groups and activities from art history and humanities, engineering projects, to Core facilities are welcomed to use LabArchives in an effort to introduce research data management principles. Our consultants can help you to decide on what project work-flows and functionality best aligns with the solution.
If you use Digital Notebooks, you can:
- Manage and collect data from multiple data streams including instrument, processed data, metadata (“Data about Data”) and notes.
- Provide a complete and lasting record of discovery.
- Deliver local/remote easy, safe and secure access to data
- Reduce loss of lab expertise when students and staff leave by providing a repository of information for others to access.
- Through-document search function supports multiple formats including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF.
- Create forums to collaborate, query, comment, re-think, and interpret results.
- Meet NIH and NSF research data management plan requirements and provide public sharing of information
- Protect Intellectual Property (IP) including know-how and new technology
Digital Notebooks are not a substitute for Box, etc. Digital Notebooks have more enhanced capabilities for organizing your research notes, protocols, and outputs.
Please have each member of your research team complete the LOGIN access to LabArchives request form. Access will be granted with 24 hours of submitting the form.
Using Digital Notebooks
Generally most data generated on a desktop can be stored directly in the Digital Notebook. For LabArchives, the limit is 15GB per file upload.
LabArchives stores your notebook activity in the cloud. This storage is redundant and secure on the vendor’s storage infrastructure.
No. These products are not designed for such compliance and do not satisfy the requirements for data coming under these regulations.
Yes. These products are designed with features which allow collaboration.
Digital Notebooks require network connectivity. In cases where you have no access to the internet, such as being in the field, we recommend recording your work locally and then transferring/copying information into the Digital Notebooks when you re-establish network connectivity.
LabArchives runs a virus scan on all uploaded files and prohibits upload of any files that fail the scan as well as executable code.
It is important that we keep the Tufts community informed on the status of Digital Notebooks at Tufts and the usage progress to the community.
1113 Tufts users have been given access to LabArchives as of March 10, 2021 with an average activity count 10,000.
LabArchives Users by Department
|Biology||Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology (DMCB)||Clinical Sciences|
|Biomedical Engineering||Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy||Infectious Diseases & Global Health|
|Chemical & Biological Engineering||Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)|
|Electrical & Computer Engineering||Molecular Biology & Microbiology|
|Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study & Human Development||Neuroscience|
There are a number of options for developing your LabArchives Digital Notebooks skills.
This is a weekly webinar lead by an instructor from LabArchives. To sign-up, click here and register with your Tufts email address.
Onsite Workshops by TTS Experts
Can’t attend the weekly webinars due to conflicts? Can’t attend the onsite Intro to LabArchives workshop either? Please send an email to email@example.com. A LabArchives instructor will follow-up with you to schedule a training based on your availability.
Advanced or Customized Training
Want to learn how to create widgets or know how to utilize advanced search? Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Onsite Group Training by TTS Expert
Self-Pace Learning & Online Resources
If you enjoy learning at your own pace, the Quick Start Guides and video tutorials can be accessed by logging into LabArchives and clicking on the information (i) icon in the upper right corner of your browser. Below are additional self-pace resources.