If your scientists find themselves repeatedly performing the same experiments and struggling to capture that data in Benchling, templates could save the day. Trust me when I say, we won’t stop bringing it up until everyone is using templates to their maximum potential.
Registering lots of entities? Use a template.
Doing a plate-based workflow? Use a template.
Even if you’re iterating on experimental procedures. Use. A. Template. Why? Because even if just the scaffolding of a beautiful notebook entry is pre-created for you, you’re likely to have better consistency, better structured data capture, and a better looking entry than if you use a blank one. What pains us worse than blank notebook entries? Watching people struggle to copy & paste elements into between notebook entries--it doesn’t work great. Do yourself a favor and USE A TEMPLATE.
We’ve gathered our Template Best Practices to give everyone absolutely no excuses for why they are still using plain old notebook entries.
- Components of an Effective Template - Learn to connect and link structured tables to increase efficiency and ease of use
- Which Template Type Do I Use? - Distinguish between a sub-templates, fill-in-only templates, and regular templates and pick the right one for your use case
- Why use a Notebook Sub-Template? - Sub-templates are a great tool for folks with flexible experiments or very artfully-crafted tables that they use in multiple types of entries
- Best Practices: Template Development - Know what to include when you’re developing templates for different purposes and carefully consider who is best equipped to translate your labs processes into templates
- Best Practices: Template Organization & Maintenance - Have a plan for organizing, updating, and retiring templates and make sure to set up appropriate permissions for your template collections
- Best Practices: Template Adoption - Once templates are created, enabling the team and getting consistent feedback will make template adoption on your team much smoother
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Comment below to let us know how you’re using Templates or *gasp* blank notebook entries 📒📘