Organize and Consolidate Your Experimental Data in the New Year

BY Lily Helfrich
January 16, 2019

If you took a step away from your lab bench for the holidays, you might have come back with a fresh outlook. Maybe you’re in search of new ways to declutter your lab bench. New ways to consolidate all of the disparate tools you use in lab. Even new ways to streamline communication between you and your labmates.

For any and all of the above, Benchling has you covered.

Store all of your notes, data, and sequence files in one place.

Forget the days when you sprawled your notes across your desk, printed and glued your results into your notebook (maybe even days after performing an experiment), and stored your sequencing data in several folders on your computer.

This year, consolidate your data. Benchling provides a single platform in which you can store and organize all of your lab notes and data—from master mix recipes to sequence files. Without leaving Benchling, edit your recipes and visualize your sequence files.

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Organize your notebook by project, not by date.

At any given time, you’re always working on more than one project or more than one experiment. But if you’re taking notes in a paper journal, you’re probably writing notes chronologically.

Use Benchling to organize your notes by project, making it possible to separate different experiments from one another. At the same time, record dates in individual notebook entries, timestamp your actions, and access a detailed version history of your entries and sequences.

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Join an organization to access shared data.

Think about the last time you tried to get a protocol or a dataset from someone else. Maybe you sifted through an old paper notebook, looking for a protocol written by a student who left your lab two years ago. Maybe your labmate emailed you several data files, but didn’t send you all of the relevant experimental notes.

In 2019, collaborate efficiently. Create an organization in Benchling for your entire lab, and access data generated by your labmates. When people leave the lab, maintain their notes for current lab members to reference electronically. If you have external collaborators, invite them to join your organization or share individual Benchling files.

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Find the data you need.

There’s no search feature in paper notebooks. And there’s no easy way to search across all of your computer files—those stored on your desktop, in Google drive, and in other programs.

Take advantage of Benchling’s global search to search through all of your files, and all of the files that have been shared with you, at once. For example, search your entire sequence inventory for specific types of expression plasmids.

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