There are many different types of ERNs with varying cost. OneNote is one of the select free possibilities for ERNs. While OneNote is not designed to be an ERN, it can be used as one and it already exists within our IT infrastructure.
There are many reasons to use OneNote as an ERN:
OneNote is the nearest equivalent to a paper notebook:
There is a hierarchy to the structure of a OneNote notebook – different levels of organization. The following chart shows that:
There are many different things you can do in OneNote. This will be a quick overview. Refer to the OneNote Manual for screenshots and step by step instructions on how to use OneNote.
Who can see your lab book?
Your group leader and group members may be able to see your notebooks on the ELN – depending on the permissions you have enabled: read or read-write access to your notebooks. You can also share notebooks with people outside your group by share, invite people or sending a link.
Right click on a page and select show versions. This can tell you modifications/versions made with dates and authors. This can be really useful for collaborative notebooks and also for supervisors/PIs to add comments or check and sign-off.
You need to find what works for you and your group but here are some suggestions on setting up an ERN.
"OneNote as an ERN" is a derivative of the Using OneNote as an Electronic Laboratory Notebook, licensed Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0, by Jo Montgomery
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