By Mike Jackson, Software Architect.
LabBook is a mobile app and online service to securely record and share experimental notes. LabBook's developers - Mark Woodbridge, Geraint Barton and Derek Huntley of Imperial College London's Bioinformatics Support Service - asked us for consultancy as part of our open call. I've been working with them to provide advice on the LabBook software, how it is developed, and how it can be moved towards an open source product.
Last week, I attended presentations by students on the Royal College of Art's Information Experience Design masters course, led by Kevin Walker. Previous courses have seen students working with galleries and museums. This year, for the first time, students worked with scientists as part of a project with the LabBook team on "Re-imagining the lab". Pairs of students shadowed lab scientists at work to understand how scientists work within the complex physical space of the laboratory and how technology might affect their use of this space.
The first pair of students had shadowed a researcher in antibiotics. Due to health and safety concerns, the scientist had to remove their…Continue Reading