An open source electronic lab notebook is launching a Kickstarter campaign to officially launch its beta version. sciNote, stems from BioSistemika, a five year old Bio-IT company from Slovenia, which develops digital tools and on-demand software for research in the life science fields. For instance, their tools help research manage qPCR experiment workflows or offer an interesting way to help pipetting in multi-well plates. But sciNote is applicable to most scientific fields of research. It differs in several ways from its main competitors such as LabGuru, Labfolder, LabArchive and many more.
- Open source. The software behind sciNote will be released under the open source Mozilla Public Licence (MPL). The entire source code will be available on GitHub upon the release in the early 2016.
- Modular. sciNote will develop there own additional functionalities and will open the code to anyone to develop their own. These plugins will adapt the software to the specific needs of each laboratory.
- Experiment workflows. With workflows, one can link different phase of a project (i.e. Sample preparation –> DNA extraction –> Molecular analysis). This connects the data obtained during various phase of a project or experiment and puts the data in its broader context. The logical progression of the lab notebook entries is clear, even years after the person doing the experiments has left the laboratory.
- Free. Well, most other electronic lab notebook are free to access. But sciNote does offer a larger range of functionalities for free. Complimentary space will be included for free and users will be able to get more free space by inviting other people to sciNote (smilar to Dropxbox). However for larger storage, additional space will be available for purchase.
I have not tried sciNote myself. But from their description it seems to come close to what LabGuru (perhaps the most complete electronic lab notebook solution accessible to academic researchers) is offering. Their Kickstarter aims at securing $12,000 to start the beta phase and help pay for server costs. As of today, they are only about $2,000 short.