iLabNoteBook: A Digital Laboratory Notebook based on the Microsoft Tablet PC Platform

P.A. Anquetil, R.Z. Pytel, A. Taberner, and I.W. Hunter (USA)


Digital laboratory notebook, Tablet PC, multimedia


The iLabNoteBook is an experiment at the MIT BioInstrumentation Laboratory in which we attempt to replace traditional laboratory notebooks with Windows XP powered Tablet PCs. This new computing platform offers a multimedia environment for scientists and students to document their work and conduct scientific research. The virtual laboratory notebook empowers researchers not only to record experimental procedures digitally but also to add multiple data-format content to a lab notebook page. In addition these electronic notebooks can be easily searched, backed-up, transported and shared amongst colleagues worldwide. Evaluation of this technology was conducted for a one year period among fourteen scientists at MIT.

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