The Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) is a software that can be used in place of a traditional paper lab notebook. An ELN can be utilized to store notes, protocols, and any type of data. They can be particularly useful for searching previously recorded data, sharing data with collaborators, or to timestamp different versions of a document. Some ELNs can also provide computational capabilities and advanced functions to analyze data.
There are many ELNs currently available that come with a wide range of functions. Different fields of research may require different capabilities to store and analyze data. There are many ELNs to choose from. This guide offers resources to help choose an ELN.
Benefits of using an ELN:
What can we store in an ELN?
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting an ELN for your research.
Some to consider are:
These resources below describe these factors in more detail: