Research Data and Laboratory Notebooks

Added by Michael Jubb on 04 May 2007 12:51

There?s an interesting and rather strong editorial in Nature this week which complements the consultation draft we issued a few weeks ago of principles relating to the stewardship of research data.

It urges that research institutions and funders should show leadership by promoting the use of electronic laboratory notebooks, and provide the infrastructure support earmarked for the development and upkeep of notebook systems. The rationale is twofold: first to protect against error and fraud; and second, to allow the sharing and archiving of data, with each notebook allocated a unique identifier

As Nature puts it, by providing support for such systems, concerns about the loss of data can be assuaged, and the rigour and transparency of publicly-funded research will be improved. It will be interesting to see how the funding agencies react to this proposal.

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