Have you ever tried to look through someone else’s research notebook (or maybe even your own)? Even with the neatest of notebooks finding specific information or protocols is a time consuming event. A good table of contents helps alot. But what if you could search you notebook for a certain word, just like you search a document on the computer or the web?
Templates – why write you procedure or make tables for your results over and over again. Just pull up a template with your protocol and/or a table to fill in with your results.
Collaborate – Using Onenote and a network everyone in a lab (or in two or more labs around the world) can have instant access to experiments being run. Or your research pages can be webpublished (example: www.e-lab-book.com) to a research ‘blog’ where collaborators can instantly comment/give suggestions on research.
Data Access – You can always have your research with you on your laptop (or Samsung NC10
netbook), or (via the web) you can call it up from anywhere with inernet access.
Organize – You can create easily navigatable flow charts of your research (example: http://e-lab-book.com/?p=138). Rather than flip through page after page, you can read flow chart – click on a page – click back.
Data Backup – No more hours copying your notebook pages on a photocopier. Publish to the web, backup your files, there are many options that don’t require the copy room.
Super Calculator – Use a spreadsheet to instantly calculate yields or quantities to be used in a reaction.
Infinite Colored Pens – Change the color of your ink instantly :) No searching for a specific pen.
Camera – Some have built in cameras! A great way to document stuff.
$$ – The paper notebook still is less than a buck :).
Write Speed – Open a paper notebook and start writing. Current tablet pcs can come out of standby mode in seconds, so it’s not a huge difference.
Battery – If your battery dies and your in the field – back to paper.
Scanning – If you get pictures in the lab that you would normally cut & paste into your lab book, you have to scan them.
Chemical Spill! – Although paper notebooks get just as ruined, a tablet pc is not as easy to replace.
Do you have more Pros/Cons come to e-lab-book.com and post your suggestions. Lets get this working!