Experimental Record

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The following scheme illustrates the relationship between some of the most important phrases concerning the experimental record and the relationship to the study protocol, the raw + meta data, processed data and report/publication.

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Definition for Experimental Record

A research diary entry for an experiment recording all data and pertinent details of an experiment, such that a peer could repeat it. For complex studies that include more than one experiment, several experiments can be part of one record (under one study ID). Each experimental record should include:

  • hypothesis,
  • materials,
  • methods,
  • analysis,
  • results,
  • conclusion, and/or
  • reference to data files (including metadata) supporting these sections,

All of the above should be thoroughly documented, recorded in a timely manner, and accurately described.