Drag and drop file capability added to the eCAT electronic lab notebook

Edinburgh, December 16, 2011. ResearchSpace is pleased to announce the launch of eCAT version 4.0.8

eCAT is a flexible electronic lab notebook which now includes drag and drop file capability

Rory Macneil, Chief Executive said, “Drag and drop is often the easiest way to work with files. You can do it with Dropbox. You can do it with Google Docs. And now you can do it with an electronic lab notebook! With version 4.08 you get the convenience of drag and drop, and the full functionality of a simple to use electronic lab notebook.” To see drag and drop in eCAT 4.08 in action, watch this video

Electronic lab notebook with sample management capability launched

Edinburgh, May 23, 2011. ResearchSpace is pleased to announce the launch of eCAT version 4.0.

eCAT is a flexible electronic lab notebook which now includes a full sample management capability.

Rory Macneil, Chief Executive said, "Beta testers gave 4.0 a big thumbs up. Sample management is the remaining feature they wanted to make eCAT a killer app. PIs tell us eCAT 4.0 is saving their lab members a huge amount of time, and that it has become an essential part of the lab fabric."

In the webinar launching eCAT 4.0, Kevin Cauchi from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan said, "One of the things about eCAT that stands out is it's affordable, unlike 99% of the systems we looked at. Also, it's web based, and it's very flexible. Other solutions make you modify the way you work; eCAT let's you work the way you already work, just in an electronic format."

To watch the launch webinar, which includes an introduction to sample management in eCAT, a panel discussion with Kevin Cauchi, Nigel Binns from the University of Edinburgh, Matt Nicotra from the University of Pittsburgh and Nick Gregory of Brady Corp, the leading supplier of labels to labs, and a Q&A with viewers, click on

ResearchSpace Participates in Biomedical-Data Day


ResearchSpace CEO Rory Macneil made a presentation today in Edinburgh on Electronic lab notebooks in biomedical research at the Biomedical-data day get together hosted by Idea Lab.

The event brought together researchers in medicine and biology with informaticians with experience of handling and analyzing large and complex data sets. Other speakers included, on the biology and medicine side, Andrew Jarman, Professor of Develomental Cell Biology at the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, who spoke about Characterising gene regulatory interactions during neural development, and James Cheney from the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science at Edinburgh University. James gave a presentation called Databases + Wikis = Curated Databases.   James’ group, which is led by Peter Buneman, is provenance for database queries and updates. They are working on a project aimed at bringing the benefits of databases, including the ability to deploy more sophisticated provenance, to wikis. The project involves developing a “database wiki” which includes support for provenance and user queries about provenance.

Rory's talk and James's shared a common theme, namely the lack of structure in wikis, a topic Rory has spoken about in a series of recent blog posts.  James's group is focussed on bringing the benefits of structure to wikis by bringing to wikis various elements of databases, looking applications in various areas, including biomedical research.  ResearchSpace's electronic lab notebook eCAT already enables biomedical researchers to put structure into their research data.

It's great to see Edinburgh emerging as a center for research, discussion, and products that are at the interface of biomedical research and informatics.  Biomedical data day was one manifestation of that.  Another recent one was the major study published late last year, Patterns of Information Research and Exchange:  Case Studies of Researchers in the LIfe Sciences.  The study was carried out by three groups at Edinburgh University: University's  Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, and UK Digital Curation Centre and the University of Edinburgh's Information Services.

And the activity continues! On the 9th of September the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum will be hosting, at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, an event called  Storing, Accessing and Sharing Data: Addressing the Challenges and Solutions. The focus on that event will be how technology can underpin the requirements for biomedical and life science research data management.

You can learn more about ResearchSpace and the electronic lab notebook eCAT at

ResearchSpace announces the launch of version 3.3 of the electronic lab notebook eCAT

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND July 6th, 2010. ResearchSpace (, developers of online applications that enhance productivity and collaboration in the lab, is pleased to announce the launch of eCAT version 3.3. eCAT is an innovative, easy to use electronic lab notebook that lets labs add structure to their research data in an integrated online environment.

Why is version 3.3 special?

First, the new features:

  1. a familiar dashboard modelled on Google Docs
  2. the ability to import spreadsheets, images and documents with a couple of clicks
  3. an extensive set of useful templates -- experiments, antibodies, CHiP extracts, protocols and many more
  4. a notifications system
  5. a complete series of brief 'how to' videos, embedded on each page of the application, describing the actions you can do on that page.

Second, enhanced support for people interested in learning about electronic lab notebooks and testing eCAT:

  1. The new Electronic lab notebook blog, covering everything you want to know about electronic lab notebooks
  2. A series of tutorial videos -- such as eCAT for PIs, Google Docs and eCAT, Wikis and eCAT, Patent protection with eCAT, etc. -- available at
  3. An automatic installer that makes it a breeze to set up an eCAT trial
  4. The new CAT blog, discussing how to get the most out of eCAT and answering questions from users

Third, a growing number of forward looking PIs are adopting eCAT because it combines ease of use, flexibility and the ability to add structure to their research data and enhance collaboration in the lab. Professor Mike Shipston, Director of the Centre for Integrative Physiology at the University of Edinburgh, talks about his use of eCAT in the following video.

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Automated Experimentation article on eCAT

EDINBURGH, 1st December 2009

ResearchSpace (, which provides tools for enhancing productivity and collaboration in the lab, is pleased to announce the publication of eCAT: Online electronic lab notebook for scientific research in the launch issue of Automated Experimentation. The article describes the background to the development of eCAT, an online collaborative research environment for labs.

eCAT lets everyone in the lab share the diverse collections of data that scientists generate in every form: text, images of all kinds, spreadsheets, reagents, results, ideas. It helps to solve the problem of lost or missing data and enables PIs to keep track of everyone's research, 24/7, and enables better communication and collaboration in the lab.

ResearchSpace announces the launch of eCAT

EDINBURGH, July 8, 2009

ResearchSpace (, developers of online applications for lab scientists, is pleased to announce the launch of eCAT, an innovative, easy to use and affordable online electronic lab notebook developed by scientists for scientists. eCAT lets lab scientists record experiments and manage data over the web. Everyone in the team - a lab or groups of labs - can share the diverse collections of data that scientists generate, such as images and spreadsheets, reagents, results and ideas. eCAT is also used to manage scientific inventory, whether it's freezer samples, animals, or supplies.

More than 100 individuals, labs and institutions in North America, Europe and Asia participated in beta testing from September 2008 to June 2009, including the FDA, several NIH institutes, UK government regulatory bodies, research hospitals, and universities. Via a pre-release initiative, eCAT has already been adopted in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia by labs like the Skinner lab at Washington State University, the Swarbrick lab at the Garvan Institute in Sydney, Australia, and research consortia like modENCODE.

Designed by scientists for lab scientists, eCAT is priced to be affordable in non-commercial settings. The Install version is available for 10 users at just $2,000, and an annual 10 user license for the Team Hosted version is just $2,000. Volume discounts for larger user groups are specified on

eCAT is Mac, PC and Linux compatible, and runs in Firefox, Safari, IE and Chrome.

To learn more about eCAT and watch the online videos, please visit

ResearchSpace and Science Buddies


ResearchSpace (, developers of online applications for lab scientists, and Science Buddies (, the premier online provider of science project resources for students in grades K-12, are pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration. Through Science Buddies, participants in advanced science competitions will now be able to use ResearchSpace's eCAT, an innovative, easy to use online electronic lab notebook, to document their experiments.

By using eCAT science competition participants will reap the benefits that scientists in industry and non-commercial settings already enjoy from ELNs:

eCAT comes with a ready-made experiment template so you don't have to create your own

Because eCAT allows you to upload and link to files, you can keep all the information relating to your experiment, e.g. Word documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and images, in a single, integrated environment

With an online ELN like eCAT it's easy to share your experiment record with others

Using eCAT's search capability, it is easy to locate data, information, and attached files even though you don't remember exactly where they are

Your experiment data is already in electronic form, and the experiment record can be turned into a PDF, so when you're done you don't need to rewrite and re-present what was in the paper notebook

eCAT won't get lost! And entries are always legible, to you and to others who need to see the record of your experiment

To learn more about eCAT for science competition participants, please visit [insert link to url on Science Buddies site where the Documenting an Experiment with an Electronic Lab Notebook paper has been posted]


eCAT is a flexible, easy to use electronic lab notebook that lets you add structure to your lab's research data in an integrated collaborative online environment.