Our mission is to facilitate better research by making it easier for researchers and their institutions to capture, manage and re-use research data.

In short, we're RSpace

RSpace is a fully integrated sample management and electronic lab notebook solution. Build a record of your research in an ELN that connects with the research tools you already use: request a demo or contact us to learn more.

Our values

Our culture of customer engagement, continuous exploration of ways to enhance existing workflows, and forward-thinking puts us at the top of the field.

User-first approach

RSpace's development is shaped by its users: researchers, PIs, RDMs, and data librarians.

Domain knowledge

We have built a team that has experience in various fields of research, and understands how labs actually work.

Leadership in FAIR data

We continuously collaborate with institutions to best support the passage of data through the research lifecycle and FAIR principles.

A forward-facing vision

We develop prototypes and integrations with cutting-edge platforms to bring forward the future of research.

Our vision

We aim to enable a Data Commons of interoperable research tools that are used across various domains, and facilitate streamlined and machine actionable passage of data and metadata through the various stages of the research lifecycle.

Facilitating Open Science and FAIR data

Support for an integrated research data lifecycle

Incorporation of data and metadata relating to physical samples into a reproducible experimental record

By pursuing our vision, we aim to enable frictionless collaboration between researchers and facilitate research workflows in labs.

Our story


We've been working on adding essential user-requested features to make Inventory more usable and Enterprise-friendly, while also building out the network of integrations to enhance connectivity. These include RDM-oriented integrations with additional repositories -- Zenodo and Dryad; DMP tools -- DMPonline and DMP Assistant; and PIDS -- ORCID, IGSNs and RRIDs, and research-oriented integrations with tools like Elemental Machines (lab ops) and FAIMS (offline field data capture).

September 2021

We released Inventory Beta, the first production release of the system, and deployed it to our existing customers.


We announced a release date for the Beta version of Inventory, and worked hard to prepare for this initial launch, while providing detailed updates on our progress, continuing to communicate with researchers about their needs, and keeping our public roadmap up-to-date.


We decided it was time for a more ambitious project: the development of a brand-new, intuitive and integrated sample inventory management system: RSpace Inventory. We started on the journey of gathering requirements and developing a tight feedback loop with researchers to design a next-gen inventory system.


Early adopters of RSpace, who we treat as our partners, began using RSpace.
We continued improving the product in response to requests and suggestions from our customers: we implemented the ability to link to an external file store (The University of Edinburgh), then to multiple file stores (University of Göttingen); we also added an export to Dataverse flow (Harvard). We expanded our integrations list by adding Slack, MS Teams and protocols.io, as well as cloud storage providers and repositories, making integrations a major strength and differentiating factor of RSpace.


Over the next three years, we worked closely with researchers, IT managers, data librarians and administrators at UW, the University of Edinburgh (we’re based here in Edinburgh!), the University of Göttingen, and a number of other universities to create RSpace, the first electronic lab notebook designed for deployment throughout academic research institutions.


The origins of RSpace go back to 2012, when in a trial researchers at the University of Wisconsin preferred its predecessor eCAT over a number of other electronic lab notebooks. UW told us they’d like to roll eCAT out across the university.

Sadly we had to confess that this was not possible, because eCAT was designed for use by individual labs. The good news is that we decided to bite the bullet, go back to the drawing board, and create a successor to eCAT that was even more user-friendly than eCAT, scalable, and supported multiple groups.

Our team

With extensive experience in the research software industry, technical excellence,  and complementary skill sets, our team is world-class in the field.

Rory Macneil

CEO and Founder

Rob Day

Director of Sales

Matthias Kowalski

Lead Developer

Neil Hanlon

Senior Developer

Vaida Plankytė

UX Designer/Product Owner

Robert Lamacraft

Software Developer

Nebay Abraha

Test Automation Engineer

Mehroz Ahmed

Marketing Officer

Nigel Goddard


Bruce Maas


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