Create records

Scientists have all kinds of different types of data that they want to store in lots of different ways. eCAT lets you create and store data, and structure it, in the way best suited to how you work.

Having a range of record templates gives you lots of forms to start with when you want to enter and organize your data. eCAT comes with more than 20 predefined templates, some of which are listed below:

  • Project: Projects are useful containers for other records. You can store all types of records in projects to apply a simple structure to your work
  • Experiment: Experiments are based on familiar ways of recording data in paper lab notebooks, and are split into sections like Method, Procedure, Results and Conclusion.
  • Antibody: A representation of a typical Antibody.
  • Freezer Box: A representation of a box that could be stored inside a freezer in an inventory system.
  • Freezer: A representation of an actual freezer.
  • Document: A simple data type that looks like a Word Document, or blank paper lab notebook page
  • Spreadsheet: A data type for editing spreadsheet and tabular data, complete with formulae.

With so many different types we need a name for all of the things you can create in eCAT - we call them records. Creating records in eCAT is easy! The following video shows you how to create one of the predefined types.

It's also easy to create your own types of records in eCAT, so if the Antibody template that comes with the system is not quite what you want, you can change it, or create a completely new template. Its easy!

eCAT is a flexible, easy to use electronic lab notebook that lets you add structure to your lab's research data in an integrated collaborative online environment.