Digital Research Notebooks (DRNs) are a UQ wide digital solution that replaces paper based research notebooks and lab notebooks.
Provisioned via the UQ Research Data Manager (RDM) system, it allows you to organise, store, curate and share all your project's research or laboratory data including working documents, lab notes, images, observations, and data in any format. Beyond the data itself, this could include protocols, meetings templates, study designs, SOPs and inventory. It does not replace UQRDM as the primary file server storage for research data, it enhances your work processes and practices.
UQ's DRNs use the LabArchives platform, ensuring your project's data can be managed from a single point, on multiple devices, and from anywhere.
LabArchives is a secure, cloud based collaborative research data management and electronic laboratory notebook platform. Adopted by many Go8 universities it is now part of the UQRDM suite of research data management services.
The Lab Archives DRN is suitable for research across all disciplines at UQ, and provides secure storage based in Australia. You can access your project's data from anywhere, including in the field, via mobile apps for Android and Apple.
LabArchives is integrated with many tools used by UQ researchers including Microsoft Office, ChemDoodle (for chemical sketching), GraphPad Prism, Vernier Logger Pro, Google Docs, allowing you to work and save these directly within the DRN environment. The tools also allow you to write mathematical equations and download machine generated data using Folder Monitor function.
The Digital Research Notebook is approved for UQ research data. Before using the service, review your data, its classification, and any sharing requirements to determine if the DRN is right for you. Use the following table as a guide, and refer to Data@UQ for more information as well as the UQ Research Data Management Policy.
|Storage type||Day-to-day to long term|
|Primary storage use||Research data and documentation|
|Information security classification||
Official - Internal
|Stored in Australia||Yes|
|Back up/Retention||Yes (permanent)|
|Syncing with local copy||Yes, in some cases
|Internal (within UQ) collaborator access||
|External collaborator access||
|Recovery from deletion||
|File size limits||