Penn’s New Research Notebook

Our agreement with LabArchives now offers Penn Researchers free access to a modern, secure, cloud-based method of organizing their lab data.  It also offers Penn instructors a robust collaboration & instruction platform.

What's an ERN?

An Electronic Research Notebook is online software that replicates many of the facets of your paper notebook.

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For Researchers

Replace the paper notebook to better monitor, engage and evaluate your teams’ lab work. Easily create, store, share and manage your research data. Interconnect all your lab data and image files to your observations and notes.

For Instructors

An instruction platform for laboratory courses where students can submit course work and collaborate. Offers many science-specific features such as calculators, reference material, annotation functions, commenting, collaboration, search, writing functions, template design, customization options.

What is LabArchives?

Penn has selected the Professional edition of LabArchives for our campus-wide ERN. The LabArchives solution is used by more than 155,000 scientists and professors (including Nobel laureates) to store, organize, share, and publish their laboratory research and data. A vetting process was performed 2016-2017, and the service contract was signed in October 2017. Implementation is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2018.

Interested in using LabArchives?

The University of Pennsylvania provides the LabArchives Electronic Research Notebook (ERN) service for researchers, instructors and students. It's easy to get started with LabArchives in your research or instruction laboratory.
It's easy to set up your LabArchives account with your PennKey!
If you have an existing non-Penn LabArchives account, you can link them together.
Did you already set up your account with your PennKey?

Common Questions

Don't want to add another piece of software to the mix? This is different.

Who can use it? How much does it cost?

Penn’s license offers the software at no cost to faculty, researchers, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students for both research activities and coursework. Penn has licensed LabArchives to help you improve the quality or your lab notes and to more efficiently process your findings.

Where will my data be stored?

Our ERN is a cloud service, accessible using a standard web browser from anywhere in the world. It is not located on the Penn campus; LabArchives hosts all of its software and customer data at Amazon data centers located in two regions: the primary is US East (Virginia) and their failover is US West (Oregon). Data is always stored within the United States and does not travel outside of US borders.

Who owns the data? How secure is the data?

Our agreement with LabArchives includes extensive security and legal protection of your data as well as your intellectual property. Check out our Data Considerations page to see if LabArchives meets your needs. Security and availability of research data is a top priority for Penn and LabArchives, and there are numerous technical and administrative safeguards in place.

Compatible

Our Electronic Lab Notebooks work on multiple platforms and devices (both iOS and Android)

Compatible

Our Electronic Lab Notebooks work on multiple platforms and devices (both iOS and Android)

Data Compliant

LabArchives supports data management plan requirements for many funding agencies.

Data Compliant

LabArchives supports data management plan requirements for many funding agencies.

Penn Partner

LabArchives is an approved Service Provider for Internet2 higher education member universities.

Penn Partner

LabArchives is an approved Service Provider for Internet2 higher education member universities.