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ResearchSpace Participates in Biomedical-Data Day


ResearchSpace CEO Rory Macneil made a presentation today in Edinburgh on Electronic lab notebooks in biomedical research at the Biomedical-data day get together hosted by Idea Lab.

The event brought together researchers in medicine and biology with informaticians with experience of handling and analyzing large and complex data sets. Other speakers included, on the biology and medicine side, Andrew Jarman, Professor of Develomental Cell Biology at the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, who spoke about Characterising gene regulatory interactions during neural development, and James Cheney from the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science at Edinburgh University. James gave a presentation called Databases + Wikis = Curated Databases.   James’ group, which is led by Peter Buneman, is provenance for database queries and updates. They are working on a project aimed at bringing the benefits of databases, including the ability to deploy more sophisticated provenance, to wikis. The project involves developing a “database wiki” which includes support for provenance and user queries about provenance.

Rory's talk and James's shared a common theme, namely the lack of structure in wikis, a topic Rory has spoken about in a series of recent blog posts.  James's group is focussed on bringing the benefits of structure to wikis by bringing to wikis various elements of databases, looking applications in various areas, including biomedical research.  ResearchSpace's electronic lab notebook eCAT already enables biomedical researchers to put structure into their research data.

It's great to see Edinburgh emerging as a center for research, discussion, and products that are at the interface of biomedical research and informatics.  Biomedical data day was one manifestation of that.  Another recent one was the major study published late last year, Patterns of Information Research and Exchange:  Case Studies of Researchers in the LIfe Sciences.  The study was carried out by three groups at Edinburgh University: University's  Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, and UK Digital Curation Centre and the University of Edinburgh's Information Services.

And the activity continues! On the 9th of September the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum will be hosting, at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an event called  Storing, Accessing and Sharing Data: Addressing the Challenges and Solutions. The focus on that event will be how technology can underpin the requirements for biomedical and life science research data management.

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ResearchSpace, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, develops online applications that enhance productivity and collaboration in the lab. eCAT is an innovative, easy to use electronic lab notebook that lets labs add structure to their research data in an integrated online environment.

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