LabArchives: Home

We are offering a series of webinars to be taught by:
Daureen Nesdill, Campus Administrator for Labarchives and
Linda Cubias, Enterprise Success Manager at LabArchives.  

We invite you to register for one or all of the eight webinars listed below:

An Introduction to the University's ELN, 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. RECORDING

LabArchives for Researchers - Notebook Setup Overview Session The LabArchives Research Notebook begins as a blank slate that is meant to be flexible so that you can customize the structure to complement current workflows. Join this session for a closer look at how you can use our built-in layouts or set up a notebook using other popular structures including: project and grant-based, individual researcher-based notebooks, date-based, or team and company notebooks to manage shared materials for reference purposes. RECORDING

LabArchives for Advanced Users - Using Notebook Templates Widgets and Integrations 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 cover several key integration partners and how those resources can be used in LabArchives including SnapGene and GraphPad Prism.  RECORDING

Tuesday, March 1 @ 2:00 p.m. Registration:
Improving Data Management and Reproducibility through LabArchives 
Learn the benefits that LabArchives offers researchers and how it can easily be integrated into your research data management toolkit. Topics covered include: 

  • Establishing data management policies
  • Notebook structure and research workflows
  • Audit trail, revisions history and version control  
  • Access controls  
  • Page signing and witnessing  
  • Creating templates and copying content
  • Collaborating internally and externally

LabArchives Solutions for Working with Code  Join this session to learn how you can use LabArchives to effectively manage code, scripts, and output datasets. The secure electronic notebook from LabArchives supports the upload of all file formats and also integrates with Jupyter Notebooks. The ability to link out to raw data stored outside of LabArchives is available and you can also easily create data dictionaries, post notes, observations, comments, and conclusions within the notebook. The notebook is also searchable making it easy to locate the content when you need it. RECORDING

LabArchives Solutions for Clinical Researchers Join this session to learn how you can use LabArchives to effectively manage your Clinical Research data. The secure and HIPAA compliant notebook from LabArchives includes a flexible and customizable structure, supports the upload of all file formats, and provides the ability to create custom forms and templates to input data accurately and consistently across the notebook. Tools are also provided to aid in collaboration and sharing of content. RECORDING


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 - 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".

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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