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Introduction to Labarchives
For new users that need help with the basics or current users that need a refresher on how to create notebooks, add and manage your data, notebook access controls, collaboration tools, and export options.

October 26, 8:00 a.m. MDT: Register                                                 October 26, 1:00 p.m. MDT: Register 

October 27, 4:00 p.m. MDT: Register                                                 October 28, 10:00 a.m. MDT: Register 

Improving Your Notebook Organization
For current users that are comfortable navigating LabArchives and want to take a closer look at how to improve notebook organization while also establishing data management policies for your team. During the session we will also take a closer look at several of our integration partners such as GraphPad, Prism and SnapGene, options that are available for working with large files and data sets, and how you can utilize templates and widgets to improve consistency, efficiency, and accuracy of your data.

October 27: 9:00 a.m. MDT: Register                                               October 28: 1:00 p.m. MDT: Register  

October 29: 4:00 p.m. MDT: Register  

Learn About Templates and Widgets
For all users that would like to learn how you can use templates and widgets to create reusable content to standardize the gathering and entry of data in notebooks. Most importantly, we will clarify the differences between the two and discuss when it could be appropriate to use one over the other. We will also show you how you can get started with the widget manager to create your own widget.

October 28: 4:00 p.m. MDT: Register                                            October 29: 1:00 p.m. MDT: Register 

October 30: 8:00 a.m. MDT: Register 


Research Education Best Practices Network, Introducing Labarchives

LabArchives is available, free of charge to assist researchers in managing their research.

An Introduction to Using the University's ELN, LabArchives
These sessions are under the Best Practices Network organized by Research Education or ReD ( formerly RATS) therefore you must register with ReD. The classes are now taught online and restricted to one hour. This Library Guide will serve as an introduction to the class. During each online session you will learn how to get your research group started with using Labarchives and how to use some of the features included in Labarchives. By all means, have Labarchives open and follow along.  You can alsocontact me to set up a session for your research group or department - even during the summer session.

TBA contact Daureen Nesdill at

Check out this short video to introduce you to Labarchives.

The University of Utah has a site license for LabArchives, an electronic notebook for research.

LabArchives is a general purpose electronic notebook for research groups on campus. It is cloud-based, can run on Windows, Mac and Linux. Apps are provided for use with tablets and phones - both Android and iOS. NOTE: this license is for the Professional Edition and NOT the Classroom Edition.

A few reasons to use Labarchives:
1. It is a secure platform - secure enough to meet ITAR compliance.
2. To improve the efficiency of your research group.
3. To improve communication among members of your research group.
4. You are collaborating with other research groups and need an efficient way to communicate.
5. Managing both paper and electronic data and records is cumbersome.
6. You need a complete audit control to protect IP and to be able to determine who did what and when.
7. You do not want to worry about your research being lost or leaving campus.
8. You need to be in contact with your team when away from the University. 

9. The agency funding the research requires a data management plan.
10. You need to be able to sign and freeze entries of your lab notebook.

A  reason NOT to use LabArchives:
Your research only involves code, simulation and/or modeling. Center for High Performance Computing now offers Jupyter Notebook and GIT to support documenting code. 

We are presently working with ISO to have Labarchives available for research requiring HIPAA compliance.

For information on additional storage options fo research purposes on campus see the Library Guide, Data Storage for Research Activities.


It is unfortunate that the name of the product includes the word "lab". Your research does not have to be conducted in a lab to use LabArchives. Many non-lab oriented disciplines may use LabArchives. All you need is a PI to take responsibility for the notebook. This does not preclude students conducting senior year or capstone projects using Labarchives for their work.

The UU Research Handbook Chapter 9 states:
"The PI is responsible for:

  • The collection, management, maintenance and retention of research data
  • Adopting an orderly system of data organization
  • Communicating the chosen system to all members of a research group.
  • Establishing and maintaining procedures for protection of essential records in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency."

Therefore, it is the PI who initiates and owns the account. Afterwards the PI can invite members of the research group to the account. The PI can then designate an administrator to share the work of carrying out user management, permissions, and notebook creation and stewardship. If the PI does not own the account and the administrator does, then when the administrator moves on to a new position the PI will have no access to Labarchives.

To create an account open the tab, "Setting up an Account".

Daureen Nesdill

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Daureen Nesdill
My office is presently at home. To contact me please either email or call my office phone 801-585-5975 and leave a message. I will call you back.. My office hours are anytime you want to contact me.
I am the campus administrator for Labarchives. I am also responsible for data management, University and federal policies, repositories, campus storage options, research posters.
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