UTHealth launches digital notebook for researchers, training webinars April 12, 29

Digital Notebook
Real-time training and tutorials for LabArchives will be held Monday, April 12, at 3 p.m. and Thursday, April 29, at 9 a.m. (Photo by Getty Images)

The UTHealth Office of Research is now offering students, faculty, and staff a secure, cloud-based electronic lab notebook resource and suite of products from LabArchives designed as an easier way to document research findings.

“Many top research institutions like ours are moving toward the use of these innovative online notebook strategies,” said Michael Blackburn, PhD, executive vice president and chief academic officer at UTHealth. “We are happy to provide this platform to our researchers to help them continue to make great discoveries.”

LabArchives uses UTHealth credentials and facilitates collaboration among researchers within a lab, institution, and with external stakeholders. This system enables researchers to capture, manage, store, and share information and data online and across multiple platforms, including desktops, tablets, and mobile devices.

“The universitywide transition from paper notebooks to LabArchives’ 100% cloud-based platform provides a new level of support for our researchers: Data are backed up daily with a date and time stamp, creating a live archive of experimental notes, which protects intellectual property for new discoveries,” said Kevin Morano, PhD, associate vice president of faculty affairs and development at UTHealth, and Roger J. Bulger, MD, Distinguished Professor of microbiology and molecular genetics. “With 24/7 access from anywhere in the world, LabArchives allows lab heads to review results, to make notes and comment, even while traveling, and share data with outside collaborators with a temporary protected guest account.”

Key features include:

  • Uploading and storing files – including text, tables, images, spreadsheets, and attachments – in their original format.
  • Creating standard notebook templates for your research group.
  • Storing data securely on LabArchives servers ensuring 24/7 data availability.
  • Sharing information seamlessly within your lab and inviting collaborators from outside UTHealth to join your notebook.
  • Maintaining all revisions of notebook entries.
  • Providing compatibility across multiple platforms, including mobile devices.
  • Accessing and connecting seamlessly to lab teams.
  • Navigating data easily and quickly with simple search functions.


Upcoming training webinars for LabArchives
Real-time training and tutorials, “An Introduction to the LabArchives Notebook, Inventory, and Scheduler,” will be held Monday, April 12, at 3 p.m. and Thursday, April 29, at 9 a.m.

These sessions will aid new users that need help with the basics or current users that need a refresher on how to create notebooks, add and manage data, notebook access controls, collaboration tools, and export options. Join the webinars to learn how you can quickly and easily get started using LabArchives products to improve management of your data, physical inventory, and lab resources.

Training sessions agenda items include:

  • LabArchives electronic lab notebook for research
    • How to create a notebook to manage your research data
    • How to upload and manage your data
    • Access controls, permissions, sharing, and collaborating
  • LabArchives inventory
    • How to upload your physical inventory
    • Customize inventory types and storage locations
    • Search and order management
  • LabArchives scheduler
    • How to manage and schedule lab resources such as equipment, conference rooms, and lab space
    • Customize resource availability and permissions


Support Resources
LabArchives has a FAQ online, as well as instructions on how to set up your notebook.

Questions can be directed to Kevin Morano, PhD, at Kevin.A.Morano@uth.tmc.edu or Sujatha Sridhar, executive director of Research Compliance at UTHealth, at Sujatha.Sridhar@uth.tmc.edu.

If you have technical issues with the Single-Sign On login or with your UTHealth username or password, contact IT Support at ITSolutionCenter@uth.tmc.edu or 713-486-4848.