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.
Over the past three years, we’ve 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 Goettingen, and a number of other universities to create RSpace, the first electronic lab notebook designed for deployment throughout academic research institutions.
Going forward, we will continue to develop RSpace in partnership with collaborators at research institutions — that’s how we work! Please let us know if you have ideas for features or capabilities that would improve RSpace – we’d love to hear from you!