Aligning experimental data of more than one laboratory

Alexandra Löwe,

Lab automisation

Division Molecular Biotechnology and Functional Genomics of The Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau,

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“My advise would be to determine a person which is responsible for e.g. updating the inventory or implement new protocols so that not everybody has to know how it works. Especially people in the life sciences not seem to be too interested in informatical stuff.”

Alexandra

Please describe shortly your research work and what was the purpose of the study.

I did my bachelor-thesis in a company, which cultivates cyanobacterias. In my thesis I cultivated them to modify their toxic secondary metabolite to use it as a drug for antibody-drug-conjugates for anti-cancer-treatments.

How did you use SciNote in the study? 

I had to do my experiments in two different labs. One was located in Wildau, the other one in Berlin. To make sure I can get any datas from both lab notebooks, that would be necessary, and to support the lab digitalisation, I used SciNote. For that I implemented the protocols, created the experiments, filled them with subtasks and used it during my work. I also copied my results to SciNote. And I also used the possibility to plan my tasks to simplify my day plannings. Because I was the only lab person in this project I didn’t use any option to share my results or to communicate with others.

In your opinion, what is the benefit of organizing data in an electronic lab notebook, and what would be your advice to other labs?

In my opinion it is a huge time saver when there are repetitive experiments or tasks. I also think the possibility to assign tasks to dates or persons is very useful for working groups. And I saved a lot of time by simply copy/paste my excel-based results instead of writing them down in a paper based lab notebook. Also the function to implement the used chemicals or substances is good for especially new persons in the lab because there is also the location deposited where you can find it.

My advice would be to determine a person which is responsible for e.g. updating the inventory or implementing new protocols so that not everybody has to know how it works. Especially people in the life sciences who don’t seem to be too interested in informatical stuff. But if the protocols and inventory is updated the use of an ELN is very simple and can save a lot of time. Also the data is available for everybody in the project and not only for those who have the paper based notebook. Also in holiday seasons it can be useful because the handover of the project will be a minimum if every step is in the ELN.

ELN and LN comparison
Time spent with an ELN

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