Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 10:00am to 11:00am
Speaker: Ulrich Dirnagl, MD, Director, Department of Experimental Neurology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany, and Founding Director, QUEST, BIH Center for Transforming Biomedical Research, Berlin Institute of Health, Germany
Description: Digital technologies are shaping the way experiments are performed, results captured, and findings disseminated. We will explore what an Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) afford a biomedical researcher, what it requires, and how one should go about implementing it? Electronic lab notebooks are a fairly new technology and offer many benefits to the user as well as organizations. For example: electronic lab notebooks are easier to search upon, simplify data copying and backups, and support collaboration amongst many users. ELNs can have fine-grained access controls, and can be more secure than their paper counterparts. They also allow the direct incorporation of data from instruments, replacing the practice of printing out data to be stapled into a paper notebook. ELNs offer significant benefits to researchers by facilitating long-term storage, reproducibility, and enhanced availability of experiment records across multiple devices, ensuring standard operating procedure compliance and providing interfaces to instrumentation, supporting IP protection, collaboration, and open science. ELNs eliminate the need for manual transcription and can be used by distributed groups, facilitate managing notes, and simplify the inclusion and curation of digital resources (e.g. instrument data, analysis results).