Electronic lab notebook for

Max Planck scientists

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Labfolder is an electronic lab notebook that allows you to organize, record and share data obtained in a laboratory on a secure platform. The Max Plank Digital Library (MPDL) licenses Labfolder via a central contract so that researchers can focus on its use instead of dealing with contracting and licensing costs. The official announcement, as well as a link to the press release, can be found here.

What are the benefits of using an electronic lab notebook (ELN)?

Integrate all your data directly into your records
Search and filter through full texts to find entries
Customize entries by dragging and dropping different elements
Collaborate with colleagues
Create templates and protocols for recurring workflows
Set up multiple databases to organize laboratory materials
Securely encrypted via SSL and backed up regularly
To see a full list of features, click here.

Who can use the ELN?

The license agreement allows all institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society, including providers, scientific sponsors, or cooperation partners of the MPG, to use the software.

How do I get access?

MPG central installation

Labfolder can be used on the central installation provided by the MPDL. All of your data will be securely stored at the GWDG. To create a new account, you must be connected to the Max Planck network. Once your account is set up, you no longer need to be connected to the network, and you will be able to log in to Labfolder from anywhere.

Create account

Local server installation

Each institute also has the option to install and host Labfolder locally. If you are interested in receiving more information about setting up Labfolder on-site, then please reach out to your Account Manager Anne Kriegel.

The currently existing local installations with their respective links are listed below. In order to access them, you must be connected to the MPG network and be a member of the respective institute.

Fritz Haber Institute
MPI of Biochemistry
MPI for Biophysical Chemistry
MPI for Chemical Ecology
MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems
MPI of Experimental Medicine
MPI for Infection Biology
MPI for Molecular Genetics
MPI of Molecular Physiology
MPI for the Biology of Aging
MPI for Psycholinguistics
MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics

Your account manager

Dr. Anne Kriegel

Hi, I am Anne, the Max Planck Account Manager taking care of all MPG related matters. Just briefly about myself: I received my diploma in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Hohenheim and have a PhD in plant developmental biology from the University of Heidelberg. Including research trips to England and Brazil, I have over 6 years of experience working in research laboratories. I joined Labfolder mid-2016 since I am convinced that electronic lab notebooks are the future and fit better with the way of working in modern laboratories. My two favorite features are the advanced search capabilities and team collaboration on research projects.

To arrange an on-site training, please send your request to anne.kriegel@labforward.io. Alternatively you can also schedule an online workshop via my calendar:

Schedule online workshop

MPG case studies

MPI for the Science of Light
MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology
MPI for the Science of Light

André Gemeinhardt

Doctoral Student

 

 

"We can keep a nice and organized track of our work and we are able to find things that we did in the past, even if the respective group member has left the group in the meantime."

 

 

 

Could you tell us a bit about your research and what you find exciting about it?

I am working in a research field that combines optics (microscopy, nano optics, laser technology) with biology (cellular interaction, viruses, DNA, proteins). I find it exciting that I work in a chemical, biological, and optical lab on a daily basis and combine all these fields to learn more about nature. I am working on my PhD thesis in the field of biophysics.

How does your team use labfolder? What are the tasks that are being completed using our software?

We just started to use labfolder in our group as an electronic lab notebook. We document our experiments and research with labfolder. The type of work that is carried out and needs to be documented is very broad, as we have physicists, biologists, and chemists working with the tool.

How does labfolder help your research team achieve its objectives?

We can keep a nice and organized track of our work and we are able to find things that we did in the past, even if the respective group member has left the group in the meantime. We don't need to tediously search for entries in old hardcopy lab books or end up redoing the same experiments over and over again.

Do you have any tips for other labfolder users, to help them make sure that their research data is well organized and easily retrievable?

If you have a large group and work in different types of work, organisation can be tricky. Our experiments usually evolve around a specific optical setup. That is why we structured actual laboratory room numbers with folders and setups with sub folders. This allows to easily find notes about a certain project.

 

Additionally, we adapted the concept of a material database in labfolder for large devices that we share within the group (like an atomic force microscope or a sputtering machine). When someone creates an entry, he can tag such an device in it. This allows for a easy search if you want to find all the things you (or also other users) did on a specific device.

MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology

Dominik Schumacher

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

 

"Starting with labfolder was an important step in renewing our entire documentation system which allows us to distribute information in an easy way to new people in the lab."

 

 

Could you tell us a bit about your research and what you find exciting about it?

The focus of our research is to understand mechanisms that allow bacteria to adapt and differentiate in response to environmental changes. These include rapid changes in gene expression, regulation of cellular locomotion and cell cycle regulation. To investigate the underlying mechanisms, we make use of genetic manipulation and fluorescence live cell imaging as well as a variety of biochemical assays. This information is a prerequisite to understand how bacterial regulate these processes in space and time.

How does your team use labfolder? What are the tasks that are being completed using our software?

With labfolder we have completely replaced our hand-written lab notes to a modern and sophisticated documentation system. We use labfolder for our daily work by documenting experiments and results as well as sharing protocols within the different subgroups of the lab. Finally, we implemented labfolder as a tool for inventory management of genetically modified bacterial strains, plasmids and proteins.

How does labfolder help your research team achieve its objectives?

One important feature of labfolder is that it keeps track of a lot of information. In addition it finds the single plasmid map you are looking for in many pages of documentation with its advanced search option. With this you spend less time on looking through pages manually and can spend more time on the important things in your research.

Do you have any tips for other labfolder users, to help them make sure that their research data is well organized and easily retrievable?

We use labfolder to organize our inventory documentation of genetic plasmids and strains. We mark single entries with tags that can be found with the search tool. These entries can then be exported as pdf documents.

Where can I meet Labfolder?

Past Events

Labvolution
Hanover, 21-23.05.2019

Labvolution is a trade fair centered around automation, digitization and big data in science. It has brought together more than 200 exhibitors from 18 countries. Once again, the smartLAB showcase, a joint effort by Labfolder and its partners to build the intelligent laboratory of the future, was a major visitor attraction.

MPI for Terrestrial Microbiology, Labfolder introduction and onboarding
Marburg, 25-26.06.2019

This 2-day Labfolder onboarding started with a general introduction of the electronic lab notebook and its features, followed by a demonstration of some practical examples from one of the institute’s departments. After the demonstration, private Labfolder sessions with each department were scheduled.

MPI for Infection Biology, Labfolder introduction
Berlin, 02.07.2019

This event was a general introduction of Labfolder for the entire institute, including a live demonstration of the ELN software.

Plants & People Conference, „(M)PIMP Future Food: Challenges for Global Food Security“
Potsdam-Golm, 3-4.09.2019

Plants and People Conferences are organized by the PhD students at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm. Many amazing speakers will be coming to this conference to discuss not only their specific research within the plant science field, but also the wider aspects of life and growth within the scientific research world. Labfolder will be represented at a booth. Please come and visit us!

Upcoming Events

No events scheduled yet

Where can I get help?

To get yourself acquainted with Labfolder, we recommend that you take a look at our comprehensive guide. In our guide, you will find descriptions of all the features that Labfolder has to offer to help you get started. There are step-by-step explanations accompanied by animations demonstrating how to use each feature.

Go to guide

Our website also provides a helpdesk where you can find frequently asked questions. Questions are sorted by topics, but you can also use the search bar at the top of the page to find them. We also have manuals for users and admins to provide an even more detailed insight into the usage of Labfolder’s software.

Go to helpdesk

For compliances and other regulations, our white papers section provides important information on the specifications of each regulations that are typically implemented in laboratories and how Labfolder complies to these. We hope that our website will provide you with all the information you will need to get the most out of our ELN.

Go to white papers

Stay informed

Newsletter

If you would like to receive news about Labfolder, such as information about new updates and maintenance work on the central MPG installation, feel free to subscribe to the mailing list managed by the MPDL.

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Server updates

To keep yourself up to date on any server updates, such as the functionalities that have been added to Labfolder and which bugs were fixed, please take a look at our server release notes.

Release notes