On the road to becoming an open source lab
Research laboratories, especially if connected to large scale research infrastructures, are key developers of novel technologies. As instrumentation for cutting-edge research is generally not on the market, original assembly of existing technologies and unique developments are common practice and give direct returns on research quality. The resources to develop, build and test advanced instrumentation are sizable investments, therefore providing full open source datasets that enable duplication of successfully tested instrumentation would have a large impact on scientific community, with the added value of amplifying the scope of the initial investment as more and diverse research is empowered.
The first scientific instrument available is our UHV bi-directional linear transfer system, designed and home-built at IOM-CNR.