Initial survey results

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Survey results

75 participants took part in the survey

Biochemistry (23.9%); Physiology (22.5%); UO, Christchurch (16.9%); Microbiology and Immunology (16.9%); DSM, Pathology (11.3%); DSM, Medicine (5.3%); UO, Wellington (2.8%); Pharmacology and Toxicology (1.4%); Anatomy and Structural Biology (1.4%)

Senior Lecturer/ Lecturer (17.3%); Professor/Associate Professor (14.6%); Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (21.3%); Postdoctoral Fellow (12%); Assistant Research Fellow (5.3%); Research only student PhD/MSc (20%); 400-level or undergraduate student (5.3%); Research/Laboratory technician (4%)

Respondents use of internet-based software tools

Word processor and email (87.7%); Dropbox.com (46.2%); Google Docs (29.2%); Wikis (13.8%); EverNote (7.7%); OneNote (4.6%); My Experiment (1.5%)


Respondents primary reasons for not using electronic lab notebook

I have not found the right software (55.6%); Data migration into the new system will be difficult (27.8%); The software is expensive (27.8%); I am not sure the data would be secure (27.8%); I do not want to buy software that will become obsolete (25%); Staff adoption and training is not available (22%)


Would consider using an appropriate electronic lab notebook

YES (65.8%)

POSSIBLE (31.5%)

NO (2.7%)

Respondents’ primary advantages for using electronic lab notebooks for their lab

To improve accessibility of data when people leave (84.3%); To provide backup (78.6%); To improve access and share results (77.1%); To centralise data repositories for data analysis (75.7%)

Most important factors in the choice of an electronic lab notebook

Ease of use; Secure automatic backup; Flexibility of data types and formats; Secure login, sharing and permissions

Respondents would be prepared to pay

0 NZD (it should be provided by the University) (43.5%)

1-100 NZD (31.9%)

100-200 NZD (13.0%)

200 -500 NZD (7.2%)

Over 500 NZD (4.3%)


Respondents would be interested to participate in the pilot

YES (61.8%)

NO (38.2%)