The Faculty of Science sees value in developing a central research equipment and services database to increase the visibility of research programs and facilities. We have partnered with QReserve, a McMaster-founded company, to help establish this database. The Q-Reserve platform (http://research.mcmaster.ca/q-reserve) connects institutional equipment databases across Ontario and the rest of Canada. It allows visitors to find out about the research interests of participants, discover what equipment may be available and contact laboratories for more information. Benefits connected with this database include possible new collaborations with colleagues both on campus and beyond, and better use of existing infrastructure. The QReserve system also may help people establish fee-for-service relationships with external customers.
There are two ways to participate:
- QReserve Campus Ambassadors are contacting faculty at McMaster throughout this term or ambassadors can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You are asked to provide a brief description of your lab’s research interests and a list of equipment or services that you would like to include in the database. Information collected includes the name of the resource, description, your facility name, location, contact person and a picture of your resource (if uploaded).
The QReserve Campus Ambassador will enter your items and then transfer administrative control to you allowing future modification.
- Create a user account online and add your equipment at: https://www.qreserve.com/signup?p=mcmaster.
Participation in this database does not obligate you to provide access to equipment or provide services. If your equipment is not available for outside use, it can be listed with a note that this item is not available for external use but that you are interested in potential research collaborations.
If you have any questions, please contact our QReserve equipment database representative. For more information about QReserve Inc., please visit https://www.qreserve.com. You can also read about QReserve in the Daily News (http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/math-geek-turned-neuroscientists-new-site-is-the-match-com-of-research-equipment/).