Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN)

Overview

The University offers a cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) service to all University students, faculty and staff.  ELN Login buttonThe Electronic Lab Notebooks service is a secure platform for managing research data, collaboration and instruction. It gives researchers the ability to easily create, store and archive research data while retaining control of intellectual property. Instructors can also use Electronic Lab Notebooks as a collaboration and instruction platform where students can submit course work for review.

The Electronic Lab Notebooks service is powered by LabArchives, the recognized industry leader in cloud-based research data management. Data is always safe, regularly backed up, and accessible anywhere on the Internet. It is available to all University departments, research labs, instructors, and students at no charge.

You can use ELNs to store images, sketches, notes, formulas, and raw data from lab instruments. And you can just as easily use ELNs to capture field notes, video, and audio data in the social sciences and performing arts. Electronic Lab Notebooks are used by researchers to store and share a wide variety of data types, but they are not appropriate for storing high-risk data, which includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth, protected health information, and sensitive (personally identifiable) human subject data.   

You can log in to the ELN service with your University Computing Account username and password by clicking the Electronic Lab Notebooks link at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu). Standalone Apple iOS and Android apps are also available for download from LabArchives.com.

Benefits

  • Organization: All lab data including text, spreadsheets, PDFs and more are stored in a central, secure location.
  • Search: Locate the data you need quickly by searching for keyword, user name, or date.
  • Manage: Keep abreast of developments in your lab even while traveling.
  • Protect: Lab data is protected from catastrophic loss or deletion. The notebook stores every version of every file.
  • Continuity: Notebook data from departed researchers or students can be preserved.
  • Share: Data can be shared within a workgroup, a class, or with collaborators around the world. You control who can view, comment on, and record entries.
  • Export: Data and content stored in LabArchives can be imported from and exported to formats like Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe PDF, and Google documents.

Accessing LabArchives

  • You can log in to LabArchives by clicking the Log In button above, going directly to LabArchives.com, or clicking the Electronic Lab Notebooks link in My Pitt.
  • Standalone Apple iOS or Android LabArchives apps are available by clicking the Support link at LabArchives.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the Electronic Lab Notebooks FAQ list for more information on accessing and using the University’s Electronic Lab Notebooks service.

Restrictions

While electronic lab notebooks are a convenient solution for many research and collaborative needs, they may not be suitable for certain kinds of data. Primary investigators need to be cognizant of restrictions and safe-handling practices required by federal law before populating electronic lab notebooks with research data. Data that is considered high-risk should not be logged in LabArchives electronic lab notebooks. The University's University's Data Classification Matrix has more information on different data types and how they should be stored electronically.

 

The following links can provide more details on the proper use of electronic lab notebooks:

The current maximum individual file upload size is 250MB. Any files that are larger should be stored outside of LabArchives.

Getting Started and Help

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