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At a Glance Details
  • Version Number and Release Date: caNanoLab 1.5.5 May 2013
  • Primary audience: Investigators and researchers interested in information about the characterizations of nanomaterials used in biomedical research
  • Grid Enabled? Yes
  • Installation Level: Intermediate - technical assistance may be required, download may require supporting infrastructure or software
  • System Requirements: This is a web-based application that can be accessed through an industry standard browser. Installation requires:
  • Memory 1GB or more (Linux, Solaris, or Windows)
  • Disk storage 36 GB (minimum)
  • Database Server: MySQL v 5.1.x
  • JBoss Application Server, 5.1.0
  • JRE/JDK 1.6.x
caNanoLab Survey

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Cancer Nanotechnology Research (OCNR) is working together with the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) to submit nanotechnology data to the caNanoLab Data Repository.

The objective is to curate cancer nanotechnology data under defined conditions in order to expedite the use of these data in the development of novel agents for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. In order to do this, a survey is being conducted to learn what data sources are most relevant to you and to identify gaps in the caNanoLab database.

To volunteer your feedback, please click on the caNanoLab Survey Link  Exit Disclaimer logo . The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. All your answers will be kept secure to the extent provided by law.  All information collected will be pooled with other responses and will be reviewed in aggregate.

Please complete your survey by 8/12/2014. Thank you in advance for your time. We welcome your input and look forward to hearing from you.

Tool Overview

The cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory portal (caNanoLab) is a web-based portal designed to facilitate data sharing in the biomedical nanotechnology research community to expedite and validate the use of nanotechnology in biomedicine. caNanoLab provides support for the annotation of nanomaterials with characterizations resulting from physico-chemical and in vitro assays and for the sharing of these characterizations and associated nanotechnology protocols in a secure fashion.

caNanoLab provides access to information on:

  • Nanotechnology protocols in biomedicine
  • Composition of nanomaterials
  • Functions of nanomaterials (for example, therapeutic, targeting, diagnostic imaging)
  • Physico-chemical characterizations including size, molecular weight, shape, physical state, surface chemistry, purity, solubility, and relaxivity
  • In Vitro characterizations such as cytotoxicity, blood contact properties, oxidative stress, and immune cell functions
  • Publications and reports from nanotechnology studies in biomedicine

caNanoLab is a collaboration between the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), the NCI Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), and the NCI Cancer Centers of Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs).

Installation and Downloads

Downloads for caNanoLab are available as listed here. The caNanoLab Software License applies. There is also a caNanoLab GitHub Repository Exit Disclaimer logo

caNanoLab 1.5.5 Artifacts

caNanoLab 1.5.4 Artifacts

caNanoLab Archives

Downloadable files from previous releases of caNanoLab are also available from the caNanoLab GForge files tab.

caNanoLab Users Group

Forum and Support

Presentations, Demos and Other Materials

The links in this section are no longer being maintained and are provided for reference purposes only.

Documentation and Training

Related Tools and Terminology

Related Organization

Data Curation

Data curation is a key component for ensuring that data is appropriately annotated to facilitate data sharing in a semantically interoperable fashion. Data curation activities on caNanoLab are currently performed by nanotechnology data scientists at Washington University and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL). Data curators assist in extracting data from publications and nanotechnology experiments, annotating extracted data, and providing overall data quality control. If you are interested in submitting your data into caNanoLab, please contact the caNanoLab Users Listserv.

caNanoLab Architecture

caNanoLab leverages the caCORE SDK and caGrid technologies to develop, deploy, and advertise common services for nanomaterials and characterizations. For information on accessing caNanoLab grid services, please refer to the caNanoLab Grid Services Web Page. caNanoLab grid services are accessed through a variety of resources such as caB2B, caOBR, the GSS iPhone App, and caGrid Portal.

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