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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.


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 - See additional information from Labarchives.
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. 

For information on additional storage options for 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".

Contact Info

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Jacob Reed
Right now I primarily work from home. Feel free to email me or call my office number at 801-581-8394.
Subjects: Computing, Software
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