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At a Glance Details
  • Version Number and Release Date: caNanoLab 2.1, November 2015
  • Primary audience: Investigators and researchers interested in information about the characterizations of nanomaterials used in biomedical research
  • 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 5.5.x
  • JBoss Wildfly, 8
  • Java 1.7.x

Tool Overview

Welcome to the cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory (caNanoLab) portal. caNanoLab is a data sharing portal designed to facilitate information sharing across the international 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, in vitro and in vivo assays and 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 was developed as a collaboration between the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), the NCI Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), and the NCI Office of Cancer Nanotechnology Research (OCNR).

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 CBIIT Support.

Installation and Downloads

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

Note:  Files for previous caNanoLab releases are available from the caNanoLab files archive.

caNanoLab 2.1 Artifacts

caNanoLab 2.0 Artifacts

Forum and Support

Presentations, Demos and Other Materials

The caNanoLab Data Submission Video is available to assist people in submitting data in caNanoLab.

Note:  Materials for previous caNanoLab releases are available from the caNanoLab Presentations, Demos and Other Materials archive.

Documentation and Training

To access online help in the application, click the Help button.

Note:  Documents for previous caNanoLab releases are available from the caNanoLab Presentations, Demos and Other Materials Archive and the Docs Archive Page - calab.

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