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# Labarchives has introduced a new feature called Inventory (the test tube icon). They are offering LA users a free 30-day trial. After 30-days, LA will bill each research group for continuing to use Inventory. This new feature is not covered by the University’s current contract with LA, so each research group deciding to use Inventory beyond the 30-day trial will be responsible for the cost. For additional information see Labarchives Knowledgebase entry.

# Labarchives is holding a LabArchives Virtual User Group for Researchers on Wednesday, July 29. There will be two sessions separated by a half hour break.

11am - 12:30pm MDT  The first session will begin with a brief introduction from the LA team and recent updates. The main focus of the session will be presentations from current LA users on how they transitioned from paper to an ELN, organized their notebooks, and collaborated and shared their research with colleagues. There will be time for Q & A.

12:30pm – 1:00pm MDT  Break

1:00pm – 2:30pm MDT  The second session will be devoted to LA users describing how they have customized LA for their specific research needs. Again, there will be time for Q & A.

Sign up for one or both User Group Sessions 

RATS Special Event 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 Special Events provided by RATS, therefore you must register with RATS. During each session we will introduce you to ELNs and Labarchives. We will discuss and demonstrate the features of LabArchives and how to set up your account to suit your research team - so bring your laptop.  Or contact me to set up a session for your research group or department - even during the summer session.

Tuesday March 17, 2020 @ 9-11:00am

HSEB computer lab 3100b
Instructor Daureen Nesdill, Research Data Management Librarian

Friday March 20, 2020 @ 1-3:00pm
Room 1705A in The Faculty Center @ the Marriott Library
Instructor Daureen Nesdill, Research Data Management Librarian

TBA contact Daureen Nesdill at

The University of Utah has a site license for LabArchives, an electronic notebook for researchers to use.

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. Your research requires ITAR compliant security
2 To improve the efficiency of your research group.
3. You are collaborating with other research groups and need an efficient way to communicate.
4. Managing both paper and electronic data and records is cumbersome.
5. You need complete audit control to protect IP and to be able to determine who did what and when
6. You do not want to worry about your research being lost or leaving campus.
7. You are in need of secure server space for your research.
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 few reasons 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. 

Additional electronic notebooks on campus.

REDCap was designed specifically for clinical research. It is also being used to conduct surveys and monitor mouse colonies. The software is on a FERPA and HIPAA compliant server at the CHPC. REDCap is administered by The Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Biomedical Informatics Core and the CHPC. Check out their resources to learn more about REDCap. RATS provides workshops on REDCap. Check their schedule for dates and times.

Emulab  is a testbed for research on networked computer systems. Emulab was developed by the Flux Research Group, School of Computing. It  provides researchers with computing, storage, and network resources on which to run a wide variety of experiments. Emulab is being used by over 4,500 researchers in computer science worldwide.


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.

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 the account. Afterwards the PI can invite members of the research group to the account. The PI can now designate an administrator to share the work of carrying out user management, permissions, and notebook creation and stewardship

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

Daureen Nesdill

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Daureen Nesdill
My office is in the Faculty Center (1705U) located on the first floor in the west entrance of the J. Willard Marriott Library.

My phone number is 801-585-5975. My office hours are Monday-Friday from 9am until 5pm. Please call or email first to make sure I'm available.

Data management, University and federal policies, repositories, campus storage options, research posters and electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) are my primary responsibilities.
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