Example of an entry
With Labfolder you can add different content into a single entry. You can use the elements such as text, images, tables, graphs, file uploads and sketches to shape your data entry in the way you want. Here is an example of how an entry may look like:
Now let’s recreate this entry step by step.
Explore the entry header
Although your data represent the most interesting part of your entries, you can find a number of useful information in the entry header. Based on your entry and the data within, the entry header shows you:
Author: This is the person who created the entry and the only one who can perform changes to it.
Unique ID: The unique ID will show up as Entry N/Total, meaning the Nth entry out of the total number of entries you have in one project.
Entry title: Don’t forget to name your entry! Make it relevant to what is contained within, so you and others can easily identify the contents in the future.
Timestamps: The timestamps visible in the entry header are the dates on which the entry was created and then last edited. Besides that, custom dates can be added to achieve an even better organization. To ensure your timestamps are accurate, check that you have the correct time zone defined in your settings (
See how you can add custom dates here.
Tags: You can add tags to your entry to make it easier to retrieve later on. These should be also relevant to the content and make sense to search for.
See how you can add tags here.
When you have an entry in your notebook, you can start adding notes and data to it. Our ELN provides basic text formatting similar to Word, so you can format your text however it best suits your data.
- By creating a new entry, a text field automatically appears for you to start working in.
- When you have finished editing, click the
Saveicon in the top right corner of the element and it will save and close automatically.
- To add another text element, click the
+icon with horizontal lines next to it and start typing!
We know that letters and numbers are not the only way you will be expressing your data. This is why you are also able to make simple sketches in your ELN.
- Click the
+icon with the pencil to create a sketch element.
- You can draw freehand or create rectangles, circles, lines, arrows, arrowheads, and asterisks.
- Save your sketch by pressing the
Saveicon and you can close your sketch to move onto the next piece of data.
Insert tables and graphs
Insert a table with data
In a research environment, data are often summarized in tables e.g. large data sets or buffer compositions. With the table element you can add data in the form of spreadsheets to your lab notebook. Similar to functions seen with Excel, the table element allows you to work with formulas as well as conditional formatting in a range of cells. Along with other features, you are also able to visualize your data using different chart formats.
- Press the
+ Table Elementicon to insert a new table element into your entry.
- A new table will open in a lightbox, where you are able to make edits similar to Excel.
- Give the table a name by entering it into the cell at top.
- Click on the cells of the table to insert and edit content.
- By clicking the
Saveicon in the top right corner of the lightbox, your table will be saved and close automatically.
Insert a graph
Create and edit graphs directly from data added to Labfolder.
- Click on the editing icon.
- Select the data you would like to represent with a graph and navigate to Insert > Chart.
- Select the appropriate chart style.
- Double-click on the graph and start formatting.
An important reason for digitizing your data is to have them integrated all in one place. Therefore you are able to upload all file formats into your ELN. This covers Word, Excel, images, PDFs and more.
- Press the
+icon with an upward arrow.
- Choose upload the file from your computer or use Ctrl+V to simply paste images from your Clipboard.
Annotate uploaded images
With images uploaded into your notebook, you are able to sketch over and annotate them. Any changes, like annotations, made to images are saved in separate layers, so the original data will never be compromised by your edits.
- To annotate, click the pencil icon on the image element.
- Sketch freehand or make predefined shapes (rectangles, circles, etc.).
- Add text to describe annotations further.
- Save your image and click the
Xin the top right corner to close it.
Incorporate Microsoft Office
Many experiments involve the collection of large datasets in form of Excel files. In order to easily attach them to the corresponding experimental records, you can use your ELN to upload and extract Excel files. Being able to display large data sets with easily understandable graphs is indispensable, therefore any Excel extraction will also maintain generated graphs, mathematical formulas, and conditional formatting.
- Upload your Excel file into an entry.
- Hover over the element and click on the extract icon that appears at the top-right corner.
- Your Excel file including tables and charts will be displayed in the respective entry element.
Please note we only support Excel files with xlsx extension (Office 2007 and superior).
When you upload a PDF such as a scientific paper or a protocol, you can open and view it in your notebook. This allows you to compile in a single tool all the information for one specific experiment, including that one paper that gave you a great idea!
- Hover over the element and click on the eye icon that appears at the top-right corner.
- The PDF file will be opened in a lightbox where you can scroll up and down to read it.
Create Well Plate Layouts
Multi-well experiments are part of the daily routines – whether it is for transfection trials using 6-well plates or high-throughput applications in microtiter plates. Labfolder provides you with a tool for the easy design of templates for such complex experiments. Create layers for the different conditions that you are applying in your experimental setup and overview the entire well plate:
- Select the
+ Well Plate Elementicon to insert a new template for multi well plates.
- A new element will open for you in order to select a format, reaching from 6-well up to 384-well plate layouts.
- In a new window you will be able to make modifications to the well plate template.
- Give the template a name by entering it into the cell at the top.
- Click on the tabs of the table to insert and edit different layers.
- Define numerical or descriptive layers to describe individual well conditions.
- The composite view allows for the comprehensive view of the entire well plate.
- By clicking the
Saveicon in the top right corner of the lightbox, your template will be saved and close automatically.
Rearrange entry elements
Changing the order of the elements you created is very easy using our drag & drop interface.
- Hover over the crossed arrow icon in the top right corner of an element.
- Drag it to whichever position in your entry you wish it to go. The area initially colored in light blue will be highlighted in dark blue when you hover over it, indicating that you are able to place the block there.
- Release the mouse and you are done!