research-owl An Electronic Datasheet Generator for Synthetic Biological Systems

Owl is a tool that allows users to create electronic datasheets for new biological parts, devices, or systems. Users can enter their data into preexisting fields for a given data model and add their own data from assays. Or users can search from existing webpages on the Registry of Standard Biological Parts ( and produce datasheets in a consistent format.

Click to visit the official Owl site.

Key features

  • Generate electronic datasheets in a consistent format
  • Upload Pigeon-generated images to datasheets
  • Summarize information about previous parts from the Registry of Standard Biological parts in a consistent format
  • Create HTML formatted pages without writing code

Accessing Owl

Owl is free to use, and can be accessed through a web interface by clicking the button to the right.

Launch Owl


Selected Owl publications:

  • E. Appleton, J. Tao, C. F. Wheatley, D. H. Desai, T. M. Lozanoski, P. D. Shah, J. A. Awtry, S. S. Jin, T. L. Haddock, and D. M. Densmore, “Owl: Electronic Datasheet Generator,” ACS Synthetic Biology, vol. 3, iss. 12, pp. 966-968, 2014. doi:10.1021/sb500053j
    [BibTeX] [Download PDF]
    Title = {Owl: Electronic Datasheet Generator},
    Author = {Appleton, Evan and Tao, Jenhan and Wheatley, F. Carter and Desai, Devina H. and Lozanoski, Thomas M. and Shah, Pooja D. and Awtry, Jake A. and Jin, Shawn S. and Haddock, Traci L. and Densmore, Douglas M.},
    Journal = {ACS Synthetic Biology},
    Year = {2014},
    Note = {PMID: 25524100},
    Number = {12},
    Pages = {966-968},
    Volume = {3},
    Doi = {10.1021/sb500053j},
    Eprint = {
    Owner = {Aaron},
    Timestamp = {2015.01.28},
    Url = {

CIDAR Project Lead

Evan Appleton
Evan Appleton

CIDAR Collaborators

Zachary Chapasko
Traci Haddock, PhD
Sonya Iverson
Jenhan Tao