Recording repeated processes

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There are two main strategies to use in LabTrove to make it easier to record repeated experiments in a consistent way on an individual Notebook or across a set of Notebooks:

  • Using consistent metadata
  • Using templates

To ensure that you are using consistent metadata in a Notebook or across multiple Notebooks you can create a master Entry that defines the metadata for a particular experiment. This master Entry populates the metadata that is used by subsequent Entries.

Templates are an effective way to define and organise the structure of your Entries for an experiment. You can create a template for each type of Entry that you will use in your experiment. A template defines the following types of information for your Entry:

  • the structure of the Entry
  • standard information that you need to capture in the experiment
  • the metadata to use for the Entry

When you have set up your templates you can reuse the same templates for each of your experiments. Any Entries that you create using the templates will have a consistent structure, recorded information, and metadata. Using templates helps you to organise the recorded information and make sure that all the important details are complete and easy to find.

For example, a solution preparation template might include a number of structured fields, such as:

  • date of preparation
  • solution name
  • batch code
  • reagents used in the experiment.

A template can be used across multiple Notebooks or even shared across multiple Troves.

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