Research Data Management Workshop 2: Selecting an Electronic Research Notebook

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Research Data Management Workshop 2: Selecting an Electronic Research Notebook

September 28, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Research Data Management Workshop #2: Selecting an Electronic Research Notebook

Workshop Summary:

The selection of a research notebook is contingent on the data needs of the researchers which varies across disciplines. Storage and security are important for protecting and managing data for current and future use. This workshop will review data from Exploring electronic lab notebooks (ELN) at UF (2020) survey while introducing participants to various features and functionality to consider when selecting an electronic research notebook (ERN).

Course contents:

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • How to consider features and functionality of an electronic research notebook?
  • What to know about do-it-yourself (DIY) documentation systems?
  • How to pick a notebook?
  • When to submit a UF Integrated Risk Management (IRM) if collecting, storing, transmitting, or processing restricted using an electronic research notebook?
  • How to develop a DIY documentation ELN/ERN using OneDrive or Dropbox?

Workshop Details:

Instructor: Plato Smith, Ph.D. (UF George A. Smathers Libraries)
Date and Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Audience: Anyone interested in and/or responsible for creating data management plans
Pre-requisite knowledge: Participants must have at least basic IT skills

Workshop is free but registration is required.

RSVP below. Instructions to attend talk via Zoom will be emailed to you.

Upcoming Workshops:

Oct. 12, 2021: Selecting a Data Repository
Oct. 26, 2021: Understanding FAIR Data Principles
Nov. 9, 2021: Funder Data Management Policies
Nov. 23, 2021: Data Storage

For any questions regarding the workshops, please contact Dr. Plato Smith
Plato L. Smith II, Ph.D.
Data Management Librarian
University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries, USA
Office: + 1 352-294-1077 | Cell: + 1 850-319-7924 | Email:


Harvard University Medical School. (2021). Longwood Research Data Management. Electronic Lab Notebooks.  

LabsExplorer. (2019). 2019 review of the best electronic laboratory notebooks.

University of Cambridge. (2021). Data Management Guide. Electronic Research Notebooks.

University of Florida IRM. (2021). IRM Toolkit.


September 28, 2021
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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