The 2003 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems (CTS’03)

January 19 - 23, 2003



A Collaborative Electronic Laboratory Notebook


James D. Myers and Michael R. Peterson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory




We have developed a secure, collaborative, web-based electronic notebook (EN) designed to provide researchers and students with a means to record and share their primary research notes and data.  The PNNL Electronic Laboratory Notebook (ELN) v5.0 supports a variety of common multimedia formats and can easily be extended to allow entry and display of custom data types.  Based on a combination of Java and web protocols, the ELN provides a hierarchical chapter/page structure for organizing entries and includes features such as search and automated email notification.  The demo will provide an overview of the ELN's feature set with an emphasis of the digital signature and records capabilities discussed in a companion paper. 



James D. Myers

Chief Scientist, Scientific Computing Environments Group

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory



Short Bio:

James D. Myers (member of the IEEE Computer Society and the ACM) received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1985 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.  He is a Chief Scientist within the Computational Science and Mathematics Department at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).  Dr. Myers is the lead investigator on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Scientific Annotation Middleware project ( (scientific content management, semantic annotation, and records functionality) and is serving as the Chief Technical Officer for the DOE sponsored Collaboratory for Multiscale Chemical Science project.  He has been a principal investigator in the Distributed Collaborative Experiment Environments (DCEE) and DOE2000 Collaboratory programs and has been a key technical contributor in the development of PNNL's electronic laboratory notebook (ELN), Collaborative Research Environment (CORE) real-time collaboration environment, and Virtual NMR Facility (  Dr Myers has been a member of the Collaborative Electronic Notebook Systems Association (, co-authoring the CENSA Technical Requirements for Electronic Records System document, and is currently active in the Global Grid Forum standardization efforts (