Following on from my earlier post….
While I decide whether we need anything further I have developed a Word form for the lab to use for each imaging experiment. It has a built in date stamp,drop boxes for commonly used antibodies and cell labels and customized content for our most commonly used imaging systems. I had no idea how to make forms in Word but it seems pretty easy; this also means it will be easy to adapt over time. We might reject this idea or use it for the next 10 years – time will tell.
I’ve attached this finalized draft: Experiment Log 2012a in case it is of any use to anyone else. It is read only such that the user gets to change the filename. The date in the top right should auto update as well. the idea is that the “user” saves this along with the image. Frighteningly simple but hopefully so simple it will be effective. Also something that I hope will be usable from undergrad to Professor.
Should you wish to adapt this for your self you will probably need to use this editable version: Experiment Log 2012 template unprotected.