Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs)

Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) are software programs that replace paper notebooks.  These digital tools are more secure options that allow researchers to electronically document experiments and observations, collaborate with their teams, templatize protocols, manage inventory, coordinate signatures, etc.  The use of ELNs also support researchers in their effort to comply with the ever-changing data management requirements from sponsors and journals.   

 

Below is information about the provider(s) of this service.  Some providers work with members of a specific school, while others are open to the Harvard community more broadly.

Broadly applicable

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT)

Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) have become a standard in research labs, and a myriad of products that offer complete lab management solutions are now available across academia and industry. RSpace is a collaborative tool that enables researchers and their teams to work together in a way that is centralized, streamlined, and secure. RSpace offers integrations with other commonly used platforms (e.g. Slack, MS Teams, e-mail, calendar, etc.) that enable efficient lab management of labs, projects, and teams.

Audience

RSpace is available to Principal Investigators with a Harvard appointment.  Members of their labs, both researchers and administrators, can be added as users.

Service Provider

Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT)

Service Fee

$100 per user per year to be paid for by the PI or their School/Department

Service Website

https://harvard.service-now.com/ithelp?id=kb_article&sys_id=d9950c05dbfb681460c0d9fcd39619cf

Contact Information

Contact David Heitmeyer at david_heitmeyer@harvard.edu

Applicable to members of a specific school or part of the campus

Harvard Medical School

The eLABJournal Electronic Lab Notebook offers an intuitive and flexible solution to document research data. It improves efficiency when documenting, organizing, searching and archiving collected data in research laboratories. eLABJournal also offers tracking of sample collections, management of protocols or SOPs, and centralized lab supply ordering. You can also reserve laboratory instruments, track device validation, and be notified of events in the lab.

eLABJournal keeps a full audit trail of all recorded experiment data, samples, and protocols. Experiments can be signed and counter-signed with electronic signatures in accordance with FDA 21 CPR part 11 guidelines. It also allows researchers to collaborate and share data with colleagues, and enables PIs to keep track of the work being done in their lab.

Audience

HMS On-Quad Faculty, Staff and Students

Note: We are currently in the Pilot stage with eLABJournal. Only groups who have been approved by the ELN steering committee will be eligible for participation in the Pilot.

Service Provider

HMS Research Computing

Service Fee

TBD

Service Website

https://it.hms.harvard.edu/rc/research-projects

Contact Information

rchelp@hms.harvard.edu