LabArchives vs Other Partners Enterprise Apps

How does LabArchives compare to other Partners Enterprise Applications?

A few Partners Enterprise Applications may appear meet the ELN Policy requirements, however, they do not meet the definition of an electronic lab notebook for the purposes of data integrity, transparency, reproducibility, and legal documentation for patent prosecution.

An Electronic Research/Lab Notebook is a legally defensible, centralized system for documenting your research processes and research data throughout its lifecycle in a manner that is real-time available, reusable, discoverable, and if need be, peer-reviewable. 

REDCap, Dropbox, and other storage solutions will continue to be supporting solutions. They have different features / functionality that will compliment LabArchives as these features and functions are not available in the LabArchives ELN. Partners will continue to support these solutions for use in conjunction with the LabArchives Research/Lab Notebook.


For all Active Research Projects as of Oct. 1, 2019, Researchers should use LabArchives to:

  1. Document Data Lifecycle in line with the Partners Research Data Management Integrity initiative (on the Research Navigator)
  2. Document Statistical Analysis processes and procedures about data prepared for publication, grant submission, or provided to sponsors or reporting agencies.

GOAL: Ensure Data Integrity, Transparency and Reproducibility

Application Data Life Cycle Statistical Analysis Plan
REDCap Good for primary/source data storage and also archiving at study close. Reference REDCap project ID in LabArchives documentation. Data must be exported from REDCap for analysis. Document SAP in LabArchives
Dropbox Business Good for primary/source data storage, data in use, archiving, and MS Office document storage. Reference folder/directory in LabArchives documentation. Good for output file storage, Reference folder/directory in LabArchives documentation.


LabArchives Quick Guides: Storage

Partners Secure Storage Solutions:

Partners Enterprise Dropbox:

  • Dropbox does not have a statement on 21 CFR Part 11 compliance. It is a recommended storage solution because it does comply with other data integrity requirements such as: revision history, authorization by Partners account, access controls. Acceptable for record keeping activities and data use storage if Part 11 compliance is not needed. Limitations may include data storage limits.