Here you can find information about Harvard University and Affiliated Organization supported Electronic Lab Notebook solutions. Members of the LMA research community who would like us to share information about the ELN used in your lab should contact us!
eLabNextFully compliant ELN, offering an intuitive and flexible solution to documenting, organizing, searching, and archiving research data.Supported by: DFCI & HMS
eLabNext is a Division of Eppendorf. Their ELN platform consists of three integrated modules eLABJournal, eLABInventory, and eLABProtocols, along with a Mobile app and optional apps and connectors.
- Offers an intuitive and flexible solution to documenting, organizing, searching, and archiving research data
- Useful add-ons and integrations
- Flexible structure for protocol generation
- Collaboration option
- Good inventory management
Learn more about eLabNext:
- View this video, a high-level overview of eLabNext
- See a detailed description of the eLabNext product from the vendor’s website
Local resources and support:
LabArchivesWell-established cloud-based ELN that enables researchers to capture, manage, store, and share research data.Supported by: MGB & BCH
LabArchives is a secure and intuitive cloud-based electronic lab notebook application enabling researchers to easily create, store, share and manage their research data. . LabArchives is mandatory for researchers at MGB institutions.
- A flexible, extensible platform that can be easily customized to match your lab's workflow
- Classroom edition for students and teachers, with special features for teaching lab safety, lab procedures, and techniques
- Pubmed references entry editor
- Integration with GraphPad Prism
- Free version available with 25MB storage
Learn more about LabArchives:
- View this video, a high-level overview of LabArchives
- See a more detailed description of LabArchives from the vendor’s website
Local resources and support:
- Mass General Brigham – Electronic Laboratory Notebook
- Boston Children's Hospital (coming soon)
RSpaceCollaborative tool that enables researchers and their teams to work together in a way that is centralized, streamlined, and secure.Supported by: HUIT
ResearchSpace (RSpace) has been developed in close consultation with researchers and IT and research data professionals at leading global research institutions.
- RSpace is a collaborative tool that enables researchers and their teams to work together in a way that is centralized, streamlined, and secure
- Integrates with several archives and repositories, including GitHub, figshare, Dataverse, ORCID, Mendeley, protocols.io and more
- Possible archive management, built-in metrics, and analytics
- Can connect to the eCAT sample tracking system
- Supports chemical structures
- Free to use with unlimited storage
Learn more about RSpace:
- View this video, a high-level overview of RSpace
- See an overview of their ELN product from their website
Local resources and support:
Other Digital Notebook Options
ConfluenceA popular documentation and sharing platform that can be configured to manage workflows.Available to the Harvard Community
Confluence: A popular documentation and sharing platform that can be configured to manage workflows.
- A wiki is a website that allows users to create, edit, and publish content collaboratively through a web browser
- Individual wikis are referred to as "spaces."
- Each space can have one or more administrators, and access can be given to individuals, groups, all of Harvard, or to the public
- Within each space, pages serve as the primary way of creating and sharing information
- Each page has its own URL, page history, access restrictions, file attachments, and comments
- Pages can include text and multimedia files, comments, macros, and links, all of which can be created and edited collaboratively
Confluence wikis are available to the Harvard Community. To get started:
Microsoft OneNoteGeneral-purpose digital notebook part of the MS Office suite.Available to the Harvard Community
Microsoft OneNote: This general-purpose digital notebook is part of the MS Office suite.
- A note-taking program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration
- It gathers users' notes, drawings, screen clippings, and audio commentaries
- Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network
- Imports: Evernote XML
- Exports: OneNote binary format (More information about exporting OneNote data)
Microsoft OneNote is available to the Harvard Community. To get started:
- Office ProPlus is part of the Office 365 suite of services (including OneNote) offered to Harvard customers
- Get setup with Office 365 for Harvard
BenchlingOffers a modern approach to note-taking with an intuitive user interface, so scientists can focus on the science.Free
Benchling: This is a free cloud-based ELN platform that also provides Molecular Biology tools.
- Benchling offers a modern approach to note-taking with an intuitive user interface, so scientists can focus on science
- High-end informatics platform for biologics research and development
- Very user-friendly and quick to set up
- Useful DNA tools (CRISPR guide and primer design)
- Templates for sequence mapping and sharing
- Free version available (academia only) with 10 GB of storage space
Open Science FrameworkOpen source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle.Free
Open Science Framework: OSF is a free and open-source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle.
- Manage which parts of a project are public or private, making it easier to collaborate and share with the community or just your team
- Manage files, data, code, and protocols in one centralized location and easily build a custom organization for your project
- Built-in version control, granular privacy controls, integrations, and citable persistent identifiers streamline workflows
- OSF provides highly secure, redundant archiving services for confident preservation of research data
- OSF connects to many other products including Dropbox, GitHub, Google Drive, Zotero, and more
Learn more about OSF on the Collaborative Tools & Software page.
EvernoteDesigned for note taking, organizing, task management, and archivingFree
Evernote: Another popular general-purpose note-taking app, allows you to organize many types of data, and sync those data to different devices.
- Create notes, which can be text, drawings, photographs, audio, or saved web content
- Notes are stored in notebooks and can be tagged, annotated, edited, searched, given attachments, and exported
- Imports and exports in Evernote XML
- It is free to use with monthly usage limits and offers paid plans for expanded or lifted limits
- Freemium for personal use, per-seat licensing for business