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Announcement: Stretch Goal $15,000!
We've made it, we've reached the goal! Big thanks to all the backers who are helping sciNote come to life!
To honor our backers we are announcing a new stretch goal. If we reach $15,000 before the campaign is over, we will give every backer, new and existing, double amount of cloud storage!
Hurry up, the clock is ticking!
Rapid scientific progress generates more and more data. However, most researchers still use paper laboratory notebooks to keep track of their experiments and projects.
Now it is time for a change. Lost scientific results and hours spent writing, cutting, gluing and searching your printed digital data in your paper laboratory journals are history.
We are introducing sciNote, a new open source electronic scientific notebook, that helps you manage your laboratory work and stores all your experimental data in one place. sciNote is specifically designed for life science students, researchers, lab technicians and laboratory managers.
sciNote keeps your work organized in projects to which you can assign people, add tags and set due dates. Each project has tabs, where you can see the latest notifications, activities and comments from other participants.
Within each project all experiments can be viewed in a tree structure. Each experiment can consist of a single or multiple modules. This gives you an overview of work and enables you to create workflows, either for laboratory work or data analysis. Each module has tabs for adding files, protocols, tables, tags, delegating work to others and setting due dates.
In a module you can create steps of a protocol. You can upload files, write your comments and add checklists. Each step can be marked when completed, so you will know exactly when it was done.
In the Results tab you can write down your observations, create and edit tables and upload any file such as .txt, .xls, .pdf, .jpeg, OpenDocument etc.
Whether you want to export only a few results for a meeting or create a full project report, sciNote can make that for you in just a few clicks. Simply select experiments of interest, the content you want and the report will be created automatically. You can download your report as a PDF file or you can save it in sciNote to review and modify it later.
sciNote has a powerful keyword search function, that searches through all of your projects, including content of the attached files.
Tutorial for an easy sciNote use
Watch a short video tutorial that takes you step by step through sciNote features and demonstrates how sciNote works.
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Modules make sciNote flexible and useful for every laboratory. They are either developed by the sciNote team or the community so you will have an ever-growing selection of modules to choose from. Modules can be simple, such as reagent calculator or complex, such as bioinformatics modules. sciNote modules can connect with your exisiting tools, database and software. You can automate data analysis, create new databases and download or develop new tools that make your everyday laboratory work easier. The possibilities are endless. Modules will be available in the sciNote store.
- Reagent calculator: a tool for calculating quantities, molarity and concentration of your chemicals.
- Serial dilution calculator: a tool for calculating the volumes of your serial dilutions based on the starting input parameters.
- Microplate designer: a tool for designing your pipetting plan for 96-well or 384-well plates.
Modularity is what makes sciNote super useful. That is why we have already started to design new modules that will transform sciNote to your best scientific tool. These are next in line for development.
- Database of existing protocols: you will be able to simply include existing protocols in your workflows.
- Optical character recognition (OCR) and handwriting: quickly write comments in the lab, mark figures or write a meeting summary on your tablet or smartphone with a touch pen.
- 21 CFR part 11 compliance (electronic signatures): for everyone working in an accredited diagnostic laboratory.
- Warehouse: follows the stock of your chemicals, gives notifications if the stock is getting low and (if chosen) automatically sends requests for new orders.
- Modules for specific applications such as qPCR, ELISA, cell culture, etc. For example, the qPCR workflow module will create a pipetting plan and a template for qPCR machines. It will also calculate chemicals and generate data analysis reports.
- Bioinformatics modules for NGS (i.e. Galaxy) and microarray analysis.
- Public databases such as NCBI (GenBank, Gene Expression Omnibus, Sequence Read Archive) or EMBL-EBI (InterPro, Gene Ontology) will be integrated with sciNote.
- Instrument connectivity will be able to import instrument output data directly into sciNote.
Have an idea for a module that would be useful for your everyday work? Send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Based on your suggestions we will decide which modules will be developed as a priority.
We are a multidisciplinary team of PhDs in life sciences and experienced software engineers, who are passionate about scientific data management.
Please share our campaign with your colleagues, so we can make sciNote available to everyone.
Visit our page at www.scinote.net.
Let's make science digital together!
Risks and challenges
sciNote is currently in beta version and needs just a final polish. The biggest challenge is to make it available for everyone on a secure server. To achieve this we need to create a robust user management system and establish a cloud environment.
The challenge is to make the system so stable, that no data can be lost, multiple users can edit data at the same time and that the service is continuously available on the server. Funds gathered with Kickstarter will mainly be spent on overcoming these challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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