The University of Wisconsin-Madison has purchased electronic lab notebook (ELN) services for use by its faculty, researchers, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students in performing research activities. ELNs are a modern way to not only manage the results of research efforts, but also record and document research processes and procedures. Additionally, they are also useful to help in managing digital research data. The vendor UW-Madison has chosen is LabArchives, and their notebook software interface is securely accessible via the internet from anywhere in the world, using modern web browsers on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
There are a number of very important decisions and considerations that Principal Investigators (PIs) must make and take into account to determine if a cloud service such as LabArchives is an appropriate choice for where to store research data. This website is intended to outline the benefits and risks associated with using an ELN, and serve as a guide to start using LabArchives if it meets your needs.