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ITS Research Seminar - Are you looking for an electronic lab notebook solution?

The latest ITS Research seminar, a presentation by ResearchSpace on their electronic lab notebook (ELN) solution RSpace which has been designed for Universities, proved to be very popular. The presentation slides, which include a demonstration of the software, are included in the attachments. A Q&A raised interesting questions about a potential integration with Pure, linking to the UoM library resource Mendeley, RSpace’s API and development of in-line code formatting and equation editors.

RSpace enables the streamlining of record-keeping by replacing paper lab notebooks with a flexible, searchable, secure and easy to use ELN, whilst also providing the functionality of a Lab Execution System (LES), Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and Scientific Data Management System (SDMS) in a single solution.

This solution was developed to meet the conflicting demands for an increasingly digital, paper-free workplace and the legal necessity to securely document patentable innovations in a ‘tamper-proof’ way. Whilst widely available generic tools such as Dropbox and Evernote can be used and adapted by academic researchers, these do not reliably track the versioning of a document over the course of its history, nor provide the security necessary for many academic’s intellectual property requirements.

RSpace’s solution provide many benefits including:

Research IT is currently investigating ELN solutions in order to support the growing requirement from researchers for such a solution. It is also an aim to implement a solution which will integrate with the University of Manchester research data management infrastructure in order to be able to easily store metadata about the research data outputs, which in turn adds value to the research outputs, and enables re-use and sharing.


We welcome any feedback from this session and encourage those with any questions to please contact Mary McDerby or Cerian Lindsay cerian.lindsay@manchester.ac.uk. Additionally, we would like to hear from you if you would like to be included on a mailing list for relevant news and events.