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Aug
25
LabArchives TA ELN Training Webinar
Posted by Johan Isoz on 25 August 2016 10:45 AM

 

 

As a teaching assistant this term you have an important job. To help, LabArchives is offering 30-minute live specialized training webinars for Teaching Assistants on our Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) platform. We will highlight the key features relevant to your use in a teaching lab, provide tips on notebook management (assignments/grading), plus time to ask questions in order to save you time and get started working within the ELN platform. To sign-up, register for the webinar below.

All Webinar times are in Pacific Standard Time
  • Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST Register

Can't make one of the webinar times above, watch a taped TA webinar training.

Sincerely, 

LabArchives Support Team

LabArchives, LLC

1915 Aston Ave.

Carlsbad, CA  92008

Telephone: (800) 653-5016

Outside the US and Canada:  +1 760-579-0342

FAX: (509) 352-9699

support@labarchives.com

www.labarchives.com

 


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Jun
23
LabArchives - June 2016 Newsletter
Posted by Johan Isoz on 23 June 2016 01:48 PM
  
June 2016
In This Issue
New Commenting Alerts
New HTML Document Editor
PE Multi-Year Discounts
ELN for your Lab Class
Box Storage Integration
Quote of the Month
"We're really excited about the product, excited about the deployment and seeing lots of interest from the community as we move from physical notebooks to digital notebooks."
 
- Shel Waggener, Senior VP Internet2, Webinar: Reap Benefits Excerpt
Quick Links
LabArchives Releases New Commenting Alerts Feature
 
This NEW feature enables users to choose to
receive emails when comments are made within their Notebooks. Users who select this option will receive an immediate email with comments made on data with which they have been involved. The email includes a link to reply to the comment, which routes the user via a secure login to the comment.
 
Interested in learning more? Visit our knowledgebase
New HTML Office Document Editor
 
LabArchives replaced the Java-based office document editor with a new and improved HTML office document editor. This new HTML editor is more secure as all documents remain on the LabArchives servers at all times. If you are currently using the ZoHo HTML editor, you will not experience a change in your document editor.  
 
To learn more about your HTML office document editor options, visit our knowledgebase.
Professional Edition:
Multi-Year Discounts now Available
 
LabArchives is now offering the opportunity to sign-up / renew for multiple years of Professional Edition service and receive a reduce amount per single seat licenses. Renewed multi-year licenses will be prorated to original subscription end dates for even more savings.   
To learn more about how to take advantage of this discount, visit our knowledgebase.
Join the Growing List of Lab Instructors using LabArchives in the Classroom
If you are teaching a lab course this Fall term, now is the time to sign-up to use LabArchives Classroom Edition for course instruction.
 
Join the ~50,000 instructors, TAs, and students that will use LabArchives this year in their lab courses to:
  • Enhance the learning experience for your students and facilitate laboratory instruction 
  • Elevate curriculum and reputation by going digital
  • Detect students' misconceptions and underperformance while improving success rates
  • 24/7 access to the course assets, commenting, grading and course management tools
  • Save 1,000s of sheets of paper and reduce student fees for lab notebooks / manuals
Now it's even easier to get your Fall course started with our online order formClick here to learn more, get startedor attend a short webinar.  
LabArchives Integrates with Box for Seamless Research Collaboration

This new integration enables LabArchives and Box (NYSE:BOX) joint customers storing files over 250MB to have them automatically stored in their institutional Box account, providing an extra layer of cloud-based secure storage, search and content sharing accessible through the LabArchives platform. The integration will help researchers at all levels better collaborate on important lab data.
Interested in learning more about implemting this feature within your Enterprise account, contact: info@labarchives.com
Visit LabArchives at these 
Academic/Scientific Meetings:
 
LabArchives will be participating in the following meetings in the upcoming months. To schedule individual appointments during these events, emailinfo@labarchives.com.

2016 BIENNIAL CONFERENCE ON CHEMICAL EDUCATION (BCCE), University of Northern Colorado, July 31 - August 4.

2016 EDUCAUSE,
Anaheim, CA, October 25 - 28
About Us
LabArchives is a cloud-based software application (Software-as-a-Service) which replaces the traditional paper notebook in professional research labs and higher education laboratory courses. The LabArchives  ELN (Electronic Lab Notebook) solution is used by more than 125,000 scientists and professors, including Nobel laureates,  to store, organize, share, and publish their laboratory data.  It is the only Internet2 approved ELN and the only ELN which meets most Accessibility standards.
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Jun
21
LabArchives Integrates with Box for Seamless Research Collaboration
Posted by Johan Isoz on 21 June 2016 09:35 AM

LabArchives integration with Box enables customers storing files over 250MB to be automatically stored in the institutional Box account, providing an extra layer of cloud-based secure storage, search, and content sharing accessible through the LabArchives platform.

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA (PRWEB)

LabArchives, a leading electronic lab notebook that helps research organizations store, organize and publish their research data today announced an integration with Box, a leading enterprise content management platform. With over 57,000 customers, including 59% of the Fortune 500, Box supports HIPAA compliance and serves provider, payor and life sciences companies around the world including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health, St. Joseph Healthcare and Benaroya Research Institute, Virginia Mason and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. LabArchives serves customers like the University of Pittsburgh, University of Massachusetts Medical School Caltech, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Sydney. LabArchives is the leading cloud-based Electronic Laboratory with more than 120,000 scientists and professors using LabArchives to annotate, evaluate and manage their research. LabArchives meets regulatory accessibility and security standards commonly required in scientific research and education.

The new integration enables LabArchives and Box joint customers storing files over 250MB to be automatically stored in their institutional Box account, providing an extra layer of cloud-based secure storage, search and content sharing accessible through the LabArchives platform. The integration will help researchers at all levels better collaborate on important lab data.

Box and LabArchives are both Internet2 NET+ service providers and have undergone vetting and validation by Internet2 member campuses. The Internet2 NET+ program facilitates a rigorous service validation process led by universities, which ensures cloud services meet the research and education community's business, technical, legal, and compliance requirements.

About LabArchives
LabArchives is the leading cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) which replaces traditional paper notebooks in professional research labs and higher education laboratory courses. The LabArchives solution is used by more than 120,000 scientists and professors, including Nobel laureates, to store, organize, share, and publish their laboratory research and data. LabArchives meets most accessibility and regulatory standards for managing laboratory research and instruction. For more information, visit http://www.labarchives.com.


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Apr
28
Reposted News from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Posted by Johan Isoz on 28 April 2016 08:47 AM

LabArchives is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries and IS&T has made ‪#‎LabArchives‬ Electronic Lab Notebook (‪#‎ELN‬) available to all ‪#‎MIT‬ labs and researchers to store and organize their research data online. 
https://ist.mit.edu/news/LabArchives

 

LabArchives: Store and Organize Your Research Data Online
April 27, 2016
Garry Zacheiss and Katherine McNeill
 
Researcher in lab


Researchers have become increasingly interested in the benefits of Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs). ELNs enable researchers to organize and store experimental procedures, protocols, and data; information is searchable within and across notebooks. Additional advantages include security and 24x7 availability.

An ELN or portions of an ELN can be shared with colleagues at MIT and beyond, fostering collaborative research.

 

Introducing LabArchives
Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) and the MIT Libraries have received inquiries about ELN options at the Institute. In response, MIT recently purchased a three-year enterprise license for LabArchives. This cloud-based product is available at no cost to MIT faculty, staff, students, and affiliates. LabArchives is an approved ELN Service Provider for Internet2 (internet2.edu) member universities.

LabArchives can be used for a range of projects and is not restricted to those in a laboratory research environment. That said, LabArchives is optimal for those wanting to document research procedures/protocols or store research data during the active phase of research. Need to outline next steps for your team or refer to a procedure for setting up equipment? LabArchives can be a central, accessible platform.

Key features include:

  • Ability to upload and store files – including text, tables, images, spreadsheets, and attachments – in their original format
  • Ability to create standard ELN formats and templates for your research group
  • Compatibility across multiple platforms, including mobile devices
  • Secure storage of data on LabArchives servers: multiple redundancy ensures 24x7 data availability
  • Ability to share information within your lab and invite collaborators from outside of MIT to join your ELN

 

LabArchives and the Research Workflow
For those needing to meet federal agencies’ requirements for data management plans, LabArchives can facilitate compliance. Data entered in a LabArchives notebook is automatically date- and time-stamped, preserving every version of a lab’s data entries, showing who completed the work and when it was done. Access rights are controlled by your group administrator and can be modified to suit the needs of individual researchers or contributors.

LabArchives is also compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). For guidance on HIPAA, see https://couhes.mit.edu/hippa/hipaa-guidance-document.

LabArchives provides many other built-in features. An advanced search lets you search selected notebooks or across all of your notebooks, enhancing how you can interact with your data. LabArchives’ Widgets – interactive HTML forms or applications – can be tailored for your specific experiment. The Database Widget, for example, can be customized for a lab inventory or a table of experimental results data.

The sketch and annotation tool lets you draw sketches and annotate images you’ve added to your notebook. LabArchives lets you create or edit Microsoft Office documents within your notebook and is fully integrated with Google Docs and Sheets. Integration with Dropbox is on LabArchives’ roadmap; for now, Dropbox users can add links to items in Dropbox.

 

Signing Up and Support
To use MIT’s enterprise LabArchives license, go to http://labarchives.mit.edu, authenticate via Touchstone, and then activate an enterprise account. IS&T can provide support in customizing lab notebooks for early adopters at MIT. To set up a consultation, ask questions or provide feedback, send a message to labarchives-support@mit.edu. As a partner, Data Management Services in the MIT Libraries (see http://libraries.mit.edu/data-management), can point you to resources for managing your data throughout the research life cycle. In particular, Libraries’ staff can advise you on options for storing and sharing your data once you’ve completed your project, such as moving data from LabArchives to a long-term repository. 

 

There are also several online resources to help you get started:


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Feb
24
LabArchives - February 2016 Newsletter
Posted by Johan Isoz on 24 February 2016 08:26 AM
  
February 2016
 
In This Issue
ELN Accessibility
Multiple Notebook Search
Unlimited Data Storage
Large File Upload
ELN for your Lab Class
 
NEW Classroom Training videos
 
Quote of the Month
"LabArchives has paid major dividends for the faculty and students in our undergraduate physics teaching labs. We can now build a long-term record of student work and share it effectively among our colleagues... The online platform encourages student collaboration and accountability in a way that paper logbooks simply cannot match. Students learn the platform quickly and have a lot of fun using it." 
 
- Sherry Thompson, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University
 
Quick Links
 
 
LabArchives Releases First Accessibility Compliant Electronic Laboratory Notebook

LabArchives notebook is now compliant with major accessibility standards. The only widely distributed ELN with accessibility enabled capabilities.
 
Interested in learning more? 
Visit our Knowledgebase
 
New - Search Across Multiple Notebooks!
 
New to LabArchives this year - 
Multi-Notebook Search! Now, users have the option to search a single notebook, selected notebooks, or all of the notebooks they have access to. 
 
To learn more about how to use this feature, visit our knowledgebase.
 
ALL Enterprise License Accounts NOW Receive Unlimited Data Storage
 
Enterprise License Account storage limitations have been removed and unlimited storage is now part of their license - effective Jan. 29th at no additional charge. 
 
This new policy removes the previous cap on data storage and enables tens of thousands of scientists, students and professors to utilize LabArchives to better manage their research work flow, research data, and comply with institutional and regulatory data management plan requirements.  
 
New Premium Feature: Large File Upload
 
LabArchives extends a new premium feature only available for Enterprise License Accounts: Large File Upload (LFU). This will allow LabArchives users to now upload files larger than the standard 250MB.  This premium feature enables users to upload files as large as 4 GB subject to local institutional policy and throughput.
 
Interested in learning more about this premium feature, contact:info@labarchives.com
 
Join the Growing List of Lab Instructors using LabArchives in the Classroom
If you are teaching a lab course next term, now is the time to sign-up to use LabArchives Classroom Edition for course instruction.
 
Join the ~50,000 instructors, TAs, and students that will use LabArchives this year in their lab courses to:
  • Enhance the learning experience for your student's and facilitates laboratory instruction 
  • Elevate curriculum and reputation by going digital
  • Detect students' misconceptions and under performance while improving success rates
  • 24/7 access to the course assets, commenting, grading and course management tools
  • Save 1,000s of sheets of paper and reduce student fees for lab notebooks / manuals
Now it's even easier to get your course started with our online order formClick here to get learn more, get startedor attend a short webinar.  
 
Check out the new Classroom Edition Training videos:
 
About Us
LabArchives is a cloud-based software application (Software-as-a-Service) which replaces the traditional paper notebook in professional research labs and higher education laboratory courses. The LabArchives  ELN (Electronic Lab Notebook) solution is used by more than 100,000 scientists and professors, including Nobel laureates,  to store, organize, share, and publish their laboratory data.  It is the only Internet2 approved ELN and the only ELN which meets most Accessibility standards.
 
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Feb
18
Article from University Times, University of Pittsburgh
Posted by Johan Isoz on 18 February 2016 02:07 PM

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

Technology Corner: Ditching paper for digital

tech corner

In 1985, Howard Kanare closed his “Writing a Laboratory Notebook” with a musing on “the many hopes and many questions” involved in considering the possibility of an electronic lab notebook, noting somewhat wistfully the portability problem of an electronic lab notebook, since “most computers are not portable.”

Thirty years later, computers are eminently portable and electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) increasingly common. Today’s ELN is more than a digital version of a paper lab notebook. Using an ELN, researchers and scholars can document both traditional and digital assets, store searchable notes, share notebooks with others and save almost anything — not just numbers, text and sketches — electronically.

The LabArchives ELN will be available to the University community this term.

Why move to ELNs?

Electronic lab notebooks like LabArchives capture and store various kinds of research data in one common system. They provide advantages over paper notebooks: simplified backup/copy; easy keyword searches; greater security; collaboration support; direct incorporation of data from instrumentation.

What’s the primary reason researchers consider moving to an ELN? Reducing the time they spend searching for data, equations or images in paper lab notebooks. One study estimated that use of an ELN cut search time in half.

A number of researchers and research groups at Pitt have begun using ELNs. In the past year, CSSD has surveyed Pitt researchers to gather information on what features researchers wanted, what concerns they had and what experiences informed their considerations. We then worked with University faculty, research administrators and department-based technology staff to identify requirements for a cross-disciplinary ELN product that could be centrally supported as an enterprise service freely available to all University researchers, including students.

Faculty made it clear that they want an ELN product that is easy to use, flexible and accessible. Lab groups and individual researchers or scholars are invested in productive workflows developed over years or decades. Using an ELN makes sense only if it can enhance — not change — researchers’ existing workflow by automating common tasks or fixing process trouble spots.

Additionally, we were reminded that research data management is part of the University’s ongoing discussion of institutional challenges and opportunities related to data. We recognize that adoption of an enterprise ELN product like LabArchives can be an important component of research data management, as research data can more easily be curated and stored.

Why LabArchives?

Taking into consideration that feedback, surveying ELNs currently in use at Pitt and working closely with the Office of Research and a group of Pitt researchers, we identified LabArchives as Pitt’s choice for an enterprise ELN.

Several departments at Pitt had been using LabArchives with individual licenses; now, they no longer need to pay for an individual subscription. Other universities that have adopted LabArchives include the University of Wisconsin, Cornell, Yale, Tufts and the University of Sydney.

Seventeen Pitt research areas participated in a proof-of-concept trial of LabArchives. During the proof-of-concept period, users here noted their appreciation for the product’s flexibility. LabArchives integrates with Microsoft Office (Windows), Google Docs, ChemDoodle, PubMed and GraphPad Prism. Widgets — customizable and interactive apps — can be tailored to specific experiments. Mobile versions for Android and iOS devices can be downloaded at labarchives.com/downloads.

Getting started

To use LabArchives when it becomes available, you will log in to my.pitt.edu and follow the Electronic Lab Notebook link that will be in the right column. Each LabArchives at Pitt account will have unlimited storage.

LabArchives at Pitt will include both the professional and classroom editions. With the classroom edition, instructors will be able to manage, monitor and evaluate students’ lab work. Primary investigators will be able to access all data and add comments to lab members’ ELNs from any device at any time.

Researchers who have misplaced paper lab notebooks in the past can rest easy that their ELN will be available to them wherever they are without having to be physically carried from one place to another; this ELN is cloud-based. Access to ELNs, however, will depend on the ability to connect to the Internet. As part of all researchers’ backup strategy for their work, we recommend that researchers periodically export and archive their notebooks in a digital location available to them when they are offline.

A range of help resources will be available at technology.pitt.edu for people who want to learn more about using LabArchives. In addition, free webinars will be scheduled next month; registration information will be posted at technology.pitt.edu.

A good ELN is a flexible tool that provides a secure environment to protect the integrity of data and the research process. LabArchives addresses the University’s legal, regulatory (including export control), quality assurance, records management, collaboration and centralized reporting needs. CSSD is looking forward to offering this service to the University research community.

Jay Graham is an enterprise architect in CSSD, helping to make the most effective and strategic use of Pitt’s IT assets.


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