This article applies to students, who are about to start their bachelor or master thesis.
While working in the lab for a bachelor or master thesis plenty of data will be produced, for example the reaction protocol or the analytical data or metadata.
If you want to learn more about domain-specific data production methods, you can also look at the domain-specific profiles.
The use of well-organised and documented data plays an important role in finding, searching, and using research data throughout the data life cycle.
For the documentation of these data, a classic paper-based lab journal or an electronic lab journal (ELN) can be used.
The use of a paper-based lab journal seems to be an easy and efficient way to document data. But the use of an ELN like Chemotion has plenty of advantages in the long run. For example, in Chemotion all data obtained from an experiment can be linked to your protocol, which is an easy way to have a well-organised research data set at the end of the thesis. Additionally, the reaction protocol can be exported in a standardised form, which is suitable for publication in the experimental section of a thesis or a paper.
Furthermore, the data are machine readable and therefore easily findable which is one aspect for FAIR data (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). Also the other aspects should be fulfilled, this increases the machine-actionability for future use of the data. Another advantage of an ELN is that it can be coupled with a repository, which will ease the publication process. Choose a repository, that is suitable for your data.
The obtained raw data need to be processed for the interpretation, e.g. integration of NMR peaks or picking of IR bands.
By documenting and processing data in the same software tool synergies will be obtained. For example Chemspectra can control automatically, if the integral of the NMR spectra fits to the target molecule of the connected synthesis. After processing your data in Chemspectra you can export your data in a standardised peak list, which can be added in the experimental section of a thesis or a publication.
Sharing, preserving and re-using data
Collaboration is easier if well-organised data is accessible. To conduct further research previous research can be reviewed and already existing data is reusable.
By using the Chemotion ELN, research data and associated metadata are transferred directly to the Chemotion repository and automatically shared with other repositories.