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Results may be the most important data within your electronic lab notebook. Especially if you want to compare the results from different experiments and share the insights with your colleagues.

Within SciNote, you can upload your experimental results, data analysis or observational notes for storing, reading or editing purposes. The storage capacity is defined by the subscription plan you choose. The maximal individual file size you can upload to your SciNote free account is 50 MB, and 300 MB for Premium accounts.

You can upload any file type to SciNote, such as .doc, .txt, .csv, .xls, .jpeg, .png, .pdf, ODF documents, etc. In case you use SciNote cloud-based version, you can benefit from Microsoft Office Online that enables you to create, upload and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

If you are attaching images (.jpg and .jpeg), you can also use image annotation tool to draw on the image, change its colors and brightness, crop it, etc. We will explain this more in detail below.

Text and table files

In the RESULTS part of the task you can upload different types of data. Everything you will upload as a result, will now be stored and associated with the project, experiment and task. This is very helpful when you want to go back and analyze your data.

In order to upload results in SciNote, you need to open the specific task and click the RESULTS tab. Four buttons will appear, which represent four different types of results you can upload in SciNote: Text, Table, File and New Office file.

Text can represent e.g. a sequence of base pairs of a plasmid vector. To add your text, click the green Text button, write the result Name in the first field, then write or copy-paste the text in the description Text field below. This field supports rich text editing, so you are allowed to insert hyperlinks, change fonts, add bullet lists, etc.

The Table button can be used for creating e.g. a table of calculated solution concentrations. To create a table, click the Table button and add new rows and columns by clicking the right mouse button and selecting the desired action. After you are finished with customizing table click the green Add button at the bottom right.

File and New Office file buttons support uploading images (.png and .jpeg) and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. We will address these in the next chapter of this lesson.

Image and MS Office files

You can upload .png or .jpeg images into SciNote by clicking the green File button under the RESULTS tab within the individual task. Then drag and drop the file or use CTRL+V keys. Finish the action by clicking the green Add button.

Once you upload your image, you can edit it with the image annotation tool. This means you can draw on it, add different shapes, write text, crop it, etc.

In order to annotate the image, click on it to open the image preview screen. Click the Edit button in the right upper corner to start editing. In the footer of the preview screen you see the editing toolbar that includes undo, redo, crop, shape, text, etc. After you are finished with annotating click Save & Close button in the upper right corner.

SciNote is integrated with Microsoft Office Online, so besides uploading an image as a File result type, you can also upload MS Office files.

This integration enables you to upload, create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. All changes made to the MS Office files are automatically saved as you type and you can invite others to review or co-author in real time.

To upload an existing MS Office file, simply click the green File button and drag & drop the file or upload it from your computer.

You can also create a new MS Office file within SciNote by clicking the New Office file button.

In this case, first give the file a name, then choose the file format (Word, Excel or PowerPoint) and click the blue Create Document button.

Once you have the MS Office file stored in SciNote, you can open it for review or make changes to it. In this case, simply click on the MS Office file and a preview window appears. You can choose to open or edit the file.

Commenting and linking results

One of SciNote’s advantages is that you can communicate with your colleagues and collaborators by using smart annotations. When collaborating on the same project, users can add comments and leave each other messages, so there is no need to export data, send it via email and wait for the response.

Smart annotations can be used in every text field within SciNote, including the field in the Comments part of each result. You can simply share your insights with others and use smart annotations to tag a colleague or to link results with any other data (e.g. samples) to connect the related information.

To tag a colleague, go to the Comments field, type in @ symbol and select a person from a list. If you can’t find them on the list, type first letters of their name and they will appear. Then click on their name and write them a message. After that, click the paper plane icon on the right.

If you type # symbol, you can link the result with any project, experiment, task, or even inventory item. You can select different data and link it to this particular result.

The search function

The keyword search bar is a very powerful function amongst SciNote features, since it searches throughout your projects and all the content of the attached files.

To start a search query, go to the upper right side of the dashboard. Simply type what you are looking for into the search box, and search results will appear instantly.

SciNote will list the search results into different segments that represent different SciNote structural elements. The number signifies how many times search results appear in specific element, such as in projects, experiments, tasks, results, and so on.

In case you are looking for a specific result, you need to look under the Results segment. To find more relevant search hits, you can check the boxes Match whole phrase and Match care sensitive below the search bar and click the magnifying glass icon to restart the search.


Practice

  1. Log into your SciNote account or shared SciNote Premium site that has a unique URL link (i.e. companyname.scinote.net).
  2. Create a text result.
  3. Upload an image and make changes to it.
  4. Create a new Excel file and add some content.
  5. Share a comment under the result and link it to any other data.
  6. Bonus: Do a search query  for any attached file.

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