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If you're looking for a tool to use for managing your lab projects, or as an electronic lab notebook you should become familiar with the Open Science Framework, https://osf.io.

OSF provides an open source framework and free hosting for projects.  The tool has integrations with many of the common services you already use, and a number of features designed to help you keep your project data organized so you can ensure your research is both reproducible and replicable.osf screenshot

A few of the key features provided:

  • Wiki per project
  • Ability to upload data files and version them
  • Data files can be stored on OSF, or tools like CyBox
  • Track code associated with your project through GitHub integration
  • Share your data with FigShare, or directly from OSF so other researchers can build on your work
  • Create DOI's to ensure you have a permanent identifier for your research data

OSF has good documentation for new users, and the FAQ is a good place to start, while the Guides provide more in depth info.

Feel free to sign up & try it out, or contact researchit@iastate.edu for a more in depth discussion or demo.

 

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