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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 Cancer Centers of Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs).

What is the caNanoLab operational environment?

caNanoLab was designed to operate in a standalone and federated environment. Organizations deploying caNanoLab, install caNanoLab locally and connect to the caBIG grid (caGrid) for information sharing across the research community. Organizations that do not have local facilities can contact NCI CBIIT Application Support to request access to the NCI caNanoLab system for data submission and retrieval.

Does caNanoLab leverage any existing standards for describing nanoparticles and associated characterizations?


Definitions to caNanoLab concepts are available in the caNanoLab User's Guide, caNanoLab glossary, and the NCI Thesaurus.

How much does caNanoLab cost?



How do I install my own caNanoLab system?

caNanoLab is available for download via the caNanoLab Wiki, in the Installations and Downloads section along with the Installation Guide and Release Note. The installation guide specifies general system requirements and instructions for installing the web application and database. All supporting documentation is available via the caNanoLab Wiki, Documentation and Training section.

How do I incorporate caNanoLab into a data sharing plan?

It is the policy of NIH that the results of research accomplished through Federal support should be made available to the public. To meet this requirement, NIH applicants are required to provide a Data Sharing Plan (Resource Sharing Plan), as described in the NIH Data Sharing Policy and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  If you are applying for nanotechnology-based research funding that requires a data sharing or data management plan, you may find useful information in the document caNanoLab & Data Sharing   that can be used in your research proposal. The suggested text is based on the requirements for NIH Data Sharing Plans, but please feel free to modify this text to fit the needs of your proposed research. For additional information about caNanoLab or to reference caNanoLab, please refer to Gaheen et al., 2013, caNanoLab: data sharing to expedite the use of nanotechnology in biomedicine. Comput. Sci. Discov. 6 014010 doi:10.1088/1749-4699/6/1/014010.

caNanoLab Functionality

What functionality does caNanoLab Support?