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Tagging your lab’s protocols

Author: Dennis J Bua, updated date: , view: 232, Q&A: 0


Step 1. Complete Steps 1-4 in Section 4.

Step 2. Scroll down to the “Tag” section.

Step 3. Type in some key words and click on the “+” button.

What is Tagging?

Tagging is one of the most efficient ways to organize your protocols. A tag is a keyword that you can add to your your protocol to make it easier to find and browse. In contrast to organizing protocols by folder (as you would on your desktop computer or on a cloud file sharing system) where a protocol can only be in one folder, a protocol can have multiple tags. After a tag is applied, you can filter protocols by tag to find the protocol you are looking for fast.

Examples, of tags include:

Technique (e.g. Dissection, PCR, Microscopy)

Organism (e.g. Yeast, Saccharomyces, fly)

Equipment and/or Instrument names

Kit used (Vendor name)



Funding source


  • Create a tagging convention for your lab: Agree on naming conventions to avoid having multiple tags for the same thing like: C elegans, Celegans, C. elegans)

  • It is better to over-tag than to under-tag: Tagging is most effective when each protocol has multiple tags because it this will increase the likelihood that the correct protocol is quickly retrieved.

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