Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sharing the Knowledge

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sharing the Knowledge

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Byline: John Hill

SOME projects require collaboration between people around the world and the ability to juggle massive amounts of data.

Newcastle-based Inkspot is hoping that its new software hosting service will provide an easily accessible spot to link up and make and track changes to such projects online, cutting costs and the need for expensive equipment.

The Inkspot system started off as a means to allow scientists anywhere in the world to share research and commercialise products, but its creators are now excited about its potential in a range of fields.

The benefit of Inkspot is that it allows items such as research, software and documents to be created and shared in the online space known as the cloud, which means they do not need to be stored on servers.

Former AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Cyprotex executive Professor David Leahy is the founder of Inkspot Science, which has been a plc since 2008. Newcastle University Business School gave executive MBA programme academic director Joanna Berry a two-year break from her work with the school to assume the role of chief operating officer. She has since resumed her business school work, but is still with the company. Berry said she is "extremely grateful" for the help of the business school, Science City and One North East in assisting with the project.

Berry and Inkspot Science are on the shortlist for Best Use of Technology at the 11th annual North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which will take place on November 19.

Berry said: "We're looking to use Inkspot for a much wider range of things than we'd planned for.

"It's kind of a magic carpet. You need deep IT knowledge to get a product to work on the cloud. The Inkspot system gives you plug and play access. It's an opportunity for SMEs to forget about things like buying servers and get on with innovation, knowing the back end can be dealt with by us."

Using the system, collaborators can edit the same document from anywhere in the world, and keep track of who made changes and when it happened. …

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