LABTrack is the Electronic Laboratory Notebook that addresses the needs of all scientific disciplines and all types of laboratories. It is the one software program that can bring together all of your organization's research, development and production laboratory data.

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Are LABTrack's notebooks considered legally valid?

Yes. LABTrack's pages are stored as secure records in your database. Each time a page is locked and/or modified LABTrack generates and stores a page digest (a one-way hash) that can be used to prove the authenticity of the record (author, date-time, and content). One way hashing meets the requirements of both the Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) and the Federal Rules for Civil Procedure (FRCP). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office also accepts electronic records that meet these same FRE requirements.

LABTrack's built-in hashing function is identical to what many police agencies use - including the FBI. For example when the FBI seizes a computer disk drive, they will often generate a one way hash of it's contents so that they can prove that they did not add any files or modify any of the files on the disk drive.. Hashing and electronic records have been accepted now for several decades in the U. S. courts.

FRCP was recently amended making it even more important to keep the original files. Michael Elliott does a very good job explaining how these changes affects lab management in an article published in the May 2007 edition of Scientific Computing .


Can instruments be interfaced to LABTrack?

Yes. LABTrack's sweeper function can automatically capture and store instrument generated files. For instruments that do not create files - third party interfacing software is available to capture and parse data directly from RS232, BCD, IEEE and other outputs.


Can LABTrack be interfaced to LIMS and other systems?

Yes. LABTrack fully supports real time and batch process sharing of data with other databases and applications. XML is often employed to move data to and from other applications but also Javascript, TSQL, ODBC and ADO can be used as well.


Can LABTrack store Microsoft Office files?

Yes. LABTrack can store any type of file - not just Office files - regardless of format, application, or size. This includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. But it also includes any other type of file including chemical structures, reactions, drawings, photographs, images, output from instruments, statistics software, charts etc. Copying and pasting is supported between Microsoft Office applications and LABTrack.


What are LABTrack Smart-xForms?

With LABTrack's Smart-xForms functionality, users can create forms that prompt for specific data on notebook pages. All of the data values entered on the form are automatically indexed and made available for searching. So for example if you create a form that contains a field called Cell Line or Compound Name - users can search on that data within the notebooks. They simply select 'Cell Line' or 'Compound Name' in LABTrack's searching function. Users can even combine fields for complex searches using boolean logic (example to find pages where Compound Name = 'Benzene' and Project = ''Effluent Source Study 10a')

Smart-xForms are easily created and stored using LABTrack's built in word processor. Simply add the form elements needed, (such as text boxes, lists, check boxes etc.) and save the form as a template. Users can apply templates as needed to their notebook pages and then fill in the fields. You can even control what portions of the form users can modify by locking down portions of the form or the entire form.

With Smart-xForms you don't need to know anything about databases, or HTML or XML - simply create your forms and LABTrack takes care of the rest.


What hardware is needed for LABTrack?

The LABTrack Team and Enterprise Editions are thin client applications - meaning the software is installed on a server at your facility and users browse to a LABTrack web site on that server over your LAN or WAN. Users can use any type of computer that supports a browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. The requirements for the server and user's computers are fairly simple and are listed in the LABTrack Requirements Document. User's can run LABTrack with either Windows or Mac PC's. You can even optionally allow secure external use of your LABTrack website with VPN and HTTPS.


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