Electronic Lab Notebook with protocol and sample repositories

What Are Custom Repositories and How Can They Help You Increase Your Lab Efficiency?

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It is extremely important to track which samples were used in which experiment. Not only to keep track of your current work, but also to keep reference long-term and even meet specific requirements when applying for grants or patents.

Missing data is a major issue that can significantly reduce the power of your research. More accurate and comprehensive your experiment records are, easier it is to eliminate any potential uncertainties and guarantee the integrity of your results. sciNote electronic lab notebook makes it easy by enabling you to create repositories to track your samples and other laboratory necessities such as reagents, instruments etc.

How can sciNote help?

Let’s start from the initial sciNote feature – Sample repository. If you have an existing list of samples, sciNote allows you to import them and create the sample repository. Once in sciNote, your samples can be assigned to specific parts of your experiments i.e. Tasks. In this way, you can track which samples were added, by whom, when and which experiment they were assigned to. If you need, you can add even more information about each sample, such as unique sample ID and other.


Now, with custom repositories it gets even better!

We realized that labs would need more than only a sample repository. Therefore, sciNote allows you to create personalized repositories and manage all kinds of laboratory necessities such as reagents, instruments, and plasmids for example. By creating custom columns, you can include information that is unique to each repository, such as validation date for instruments or expiration date for reagents. Custom Repositories in sciNote allow your Team to be up-to date with which chemicals are available or which plasmid they can use to perform their experiments.

Using and creating the Custom Repositories in sciNote is easy and intuitive. It offers flexibility so that every lab can adjust the repositories according to their own needs. Repositories are accessible via REPOSITORIES tab within each task or via general repository icon at the top left side of the dashboard. And no worries, you can import entire lists from excel as well!

More information about how to create and use Custom Repositories is available here.




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by Ronny , post on 13 July 2017 |

A question: Is there a way to view all of the information which describes the data but is not necessarily “a column” in a database? For example, I may want to look at some description of the sample when I highlight the line representing the sample. If this appears on some free-text format, is this searchable?


by Blazka from sciNote , post on 2 August 2017 |

Hi Ronny!

In case you want to view additional information (in a free-text format) of a certain sample in custom repository table, I suggest you create another column indicating different samples.

With the help of a hashtag (#) you can add any sample from the Sample management table and thus create a permanent link to it. When clicking on the sample name a new pop-up window with additional information displays. However, this preview is possible only for the samples, which are part of the Sample management table.

All items in the custom repositories are searchable within the basic Search field. However, if you want more information to be displayed in free-text format, use the general Search function at the top of the dashboard.

I hope I have answered your question.

by James Burchfield , post on 9 October 2017 |

Hi there,
Is it possible to have dependencies within a column?
For example; assign a unique id that is +1 for the previous ID

by Tea Pavlek , post on 10 January 2018 |

Dear James,

I believe you already received the response from our support team. Again, thank you for reaching out to us. You can create an Excel sheet, which supports these dependencies and then you can import the file into the custom repository. You just need to make sure to create »ID column« in the custom repository first and then match the columns of your file with the ones in the repository.

If you will have any other questions, feel free to contact us anytime.

Tea from sciNote

by Jan-H , post on 24 September 2018 |

Hi there,
Is there a way to not only list, but also schedule your instruments / devices?
If not, is a feature like that planned in the future?
Best regards

by Blazka , post on 25 September 2018 |

Hi Jan!

This is surely one of the coolest features an ELN can have 🙂
We are planning to implement a calendar feature through which you could reserve or schedule your instruments, etc.
One of the options we are considering is integration with Google calendar. However, I cannot say where in SciNote development pipeline the calendar implementation will take place but we would be happy to receive more feedback from your side.

If you have any other questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Blazka from SciNote