Creating an open source ELN for the scientific community
The story of sciNote
sciNote has been developed by you – big thinkers from the global scientific community who we met, talked to and worked with. Your input gave us valuable insight into what is needed in the labs. Our vision of the future are labs with reliable, beautifully designed software solutions built to connect and empower the scientists.
sciNote Electronic Lab Notebook was first presented via Kickstarter, where we managed to reach our goal and officially launch this open source electronic lab notebook. A few months later, the team behind sciNote joined forces with Gilson Inc. and created sciNote LLC, which meant the beginning of a whole new chapter in the story of sciNote.
For us, our users are a continuous source of inspiration and growth. Only by working together and adapting to change, we can achieve continuous improvement and create the best open source electronic lab notebook.
We are a dynamic group of life science PhDs, software engineers and creative thinkers. We believe in the power of research and the growing desire to explore further. Everything we do is driven by passion and steered by common sense. We believe our brand is a reflection of our company culture, which is built on trust, transparency and kindness, but also responsibility and respect towards the scientific community we belong to.
Gilson Inc and sciNote LLC worked together on a video which is a unique composition of traditional scientific tools and instruments, new technology and software solutions. Flawless synchronization of the elements in the video is a great analogy for the scientific path towards discovery. It shows what has to be done in order to finish an experiment. How many things need to fall into place for a certain outcome and how in every step of the way, one element is linked to the other. Read the full story here
Why is sciNote Open Source?
We encourage scientific collaboration on all levels and contribute to the future of science that is open and independent. That is why sciNote is an open source software.
Open source software code can be reviewed and improved by the scientific community. We might say that an open source software is independent. Which means that you are not tied to us as a vendor or owner of the software. Even better, the whole scientific community is free to develop add-ons, improve the software and its weak points and maintain it. In a way, this type of software is peer-reviewed.
The open source code of sciNote is available on GitHub.
sciNote Blog – Read More About Electronic Lab Notebooks
sciNote Blog provides relevant content on the use of electronic lab notebooks, suitable for all scientists – whether it’s the early adopters of ELNs or the ones who just recently started to consider the idea of going digital. We tackle issues such as: “Major Concerns, Hacks & Lost Data When Using Online Lab Notebooks”, “How hard is it to switch from paper to an Electronic Lab Notebook”, “How to Handle Loads of Old Data When Your Lab Needs a Fresh Start” and more.
Are you running a lab and teaching students?
We understand that as a professor or a PI you should always have a good overview over students‘ laboratory work. On the other hand we believe that students should be in touch with the latest digital solutions that enable them to get used to the good laboratory practice, project management, handling research data and meeting deadlines. That is why sciNote is offering Free PIs and Students Plan.
Planting the Digital Forest in sciNote
We believe the future of science should and will be paperless, therefore we set out on a mission to raise awareness for reducing paper waste. Strategic planning, awareness campaigns, and projects to replace paper-based processes are necessary in modern laboratories. For every sheet of paper you save in sciNote, we will award you with one leaf.
The more leaves you collect, the more trees you have a chance to save. We invite you to join the community and plant the digital forest with us.
For each A4 page you save in sciNote you will be awarded with one Leaf.
When you gather 100 Leaves you save 1 Tree Branch.
After saving 100 branches you save a Tree.
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