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A Short Introduction
Brief History
Social networks first began to take off in the late 90's, but the emergence of Facebook and Myspace in 2004 set a new trend for internet use. Although these sites have their merits, they don't provide an environment conducive to productivity. LabSpaces began as my desire to provide a productive social network for science by creating a website to attract a diverse set of researchers for the sole purpose of increasing communication and collaboration in the sciences. My previous experience with web design, and being a PhD student in molecular and cellular biology, spurred me to learn how to program a social network from the ground-up using a basic book on PHP and MySQL programming . This website is the product of many sleepless nights and countless hours of programming since the spring of 2005.

Mission is a social network for the scientific community designed to spread scientific news, maintain and create friendships, and harbor collaboration through the internet. The site serves as a web profile for researchers and labs, and is also a community for active communication in the sciences.

Current Features
LabSpaces offers a wide range of features that will attract and engage researchers. Some of these features include:

A Science News feed updated daily with ~40 news articles, UserProfiles, Friends, A Messaging system, Groups, Lab Profiles with Lab members, Lab Picture albums, Collaboration Profiles, Science Discussion Forum, Publication Database, Protocol Database, and free Blogs upon request

Please, take some time, navigate around the site, and tell me what you think. I am always interested in suggestions and fully embrace community feedback to help me model my site. Post comments or suggestions in the forum or send them directly to me here


Brian Krueger