Current Use Cases

The current LabTrove and Lab Broker 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. Blog3 carries these ideas further when an extra layer of semantics is possible. Highlighting some current use cases:

  1. 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 electronic lab notebook (e.g.;
  2. A researcher needs seamless integrated access to a range of services related to data and analysis. The services are semantically well defined (ontology present) e.g. Blog3 prototype used in crystallography (Blog3 Demo for All Hands 2010,
  3. 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 &;
  4. 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;
  5. 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 (;
  6. A community needs to share information and discussion globally as part of a Open Science project e.g. PZQ synthesis for anti-malarial compounds;
  7. A researcher needs to understand the provenance of some data and the details of how it was processed (Blog3 style integration using oreChem – the oreChem view of eCrystals, e.g.;
  8. 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;
  9. 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;
  10. A research group/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’,;
  11. Medical researchers need to integrate medical, biological, and chemical data and keep track of sample and systems, e.g. LabTrove at (Private) and ideal exemplar for Blog3).