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Laboratory notebooks in the digital era: the role of ELNs in record keeping for chemistry and other sciences

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Egyptian evidence of scientific records dates back almost 50 centuries. In more recent times da Vinci and Faraday provide role models for scrupulous recording of ideas, observations, and conclusions. Their medium was paper, but despite the quality of their notebooks, we cannot turn the clock back. Our primary purpose is to review the influences of the digital era on scientific record keeping. We examine the foundations of the emerging opportunities for preserving and curating electronic records focussing on electronic laboratory notebooks (ELNs), with an emphasis on their characteristics and usability.

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The article was received on 30 Mar 2013 and first published on 17 Jul 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60122F
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013,42, 8157-8175
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    Laboratory notebooks in the digital era: the role of ELNs in record keeping for chemistry and other sciences

    C. L. Bird, C. Willoughby and J. G. Frey, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 8157
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CS60122F

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