LabArchives Digital Notebook

LabArchives is a cloud-based Digital Notebook that has commonly been referred to as Electronic Lab Notebook or ELN. The solution is specifically designed with academic researchers in mind. LabArchives gives faculty, staff, and students the ability to digitally manage information in the cloud and offers secure collaboration for research groups.
LabArchives

Consultation

Does your research team requires assistance getting started or just need help fine tuning your data management workflow in LabArchives? Please email tts-research@tufts.edu to request a LabArchives Digital Notebook consultation.

Help

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.

Training Options

There are a number of options for developing your LabArchives Digital Notebooks skills.

Weekly Webinar

This is a weekly webinar lead by an instructor from LabArchives. To sign-up, click here and register with your Tufts email address.

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Onsite Workshops by TTS Experts

Due to the COVID-19 situation, there aren't any onsite workshops at this time.

Medford

Boston

Grafton

Can’t attend the weekly webinars due to conflicts? Can’t attend the onsite Intro to LabArchives workshop either? Please send an email to support@labarchives.com. A LabArchives instructor will follow-up with you to schedule a training based on your availability.

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Advanced or Customized Training

Want to learn how to create widgets or know how to utilize advanced search? Please send an email to support@labarchives.com.

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    Onsite Group Training by TTS Expert

    • Introduction: Groups with interest in using LabArchives and want onsite training can email tts-research@tufts.edu.
    • Customized: Current users of LabArchives who would like customized training or assistance in setting up or organizing their Digital Notebooks can email tts-research@tufts.edu.

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    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.

    User Community

    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.

     

    951 Tufts users have been given access to LabArchives as of May 19, 2020.

     

    LabArchives Users by Department

    Medford Boston Grafton
    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)  
    Chemistry Immunology  
    Electrical & Computer Engineering Molecular Biology & Microbiology  
    Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study & Human Development Neuroscience  
    Psychology Ophthalmology  

    FAQs

    Below are a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to using Digital Notebooks at Tufts.

    General Questions

    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.

    For general support issues (i.e. browser issues, etc) contact the TTS 24/7 Service Desk at 617-627-3376 or send an email to it@tufts.edu.

    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.

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