The current LabTrove services answer several of the key data management needs of the HE community in answering the need for transparency, RC data management requirements, access to raw data and ability to show a link between published information and raw data. Highlighting some current use cases:


A researcher wants to link her notes to the data she captured: system (i.e. LabTrove) associates a URL with the notes post, i.e. use a full scale open electronic lab notebook.


Researcher wants to capture sensor information remotely; system (i.e. LabBroker) accumulates a block of measurements and automatically creates a blog entry (e.g. Ultrafast X-Ray and Pen State/PNNL projects, and SHG experiment data, live and archive at &;

Grand Challenge Dial a Molecule

A research community (e.g. EPSRC Grand Challenge Dial a Molecule, DaM) needs a national exchange of details information, more detailed than usual in publications, the SRF provides a mechanism to funnel and aggregate data collected by individual research groups, groups can use the SRF individually, and then share with an SRF based national ELN, or use local commercial software to collect the data and use the SRF API to push the data into the national ELN

Group Management

A research group needs to share and collaborate on information and analysis (e.g. LabTrove used in Ultrafast X-Ray project ( and DECODE project in UoS Engineering (;

World Wide Collaborations

A community needs to share information and discussion globally as part of a Open Science project e.g. PZQ synthesis for anti-malarial compounds

Visualising Data

Researchers wish to share comments and analysis of complex ocean modeling simulations with the comments link to the geographical region and model (geo-located comments in BlogMyData

Helping Hand

A dyslexic researcher requires a way to record data, the LabTrove system provides a way to structure the material, make use of more visual record giving a high quality experience;


A researchgroup/community wishes to promote researcher ownership and responsibility in a collaborative shared environment, promote the ideals of "publication @ Source", and shift the balance between student & supervisor (e.g. to 'have you seen my data' from 'show me your results')