Instrument Management System
Bumblebee is a system for managing instruments and other resources (e.g. analytical equipment)
that must be shared between a number of users. Bumblebee is designed to be more efficient
than a calendar on the wall or a whiteboard for
both users and administrators. Bumblebee is also able to generate reports of resource
usage with breakdowns by user, research group and research project.
Bumblebee is highly configurable, with the operational parameters (such as the timeslots that it
is available) configurable for each instrument. The permissions of each user and the rate charged for
each project can also be individually configured. Usage reports and invoices can also be generated
in a variety of formats including CSV and PDF.
Some screenshots or the Administrator's Guide
might help you get a feel for what Bumblebee is capable of achieving.
Bumblebee is licenced under the GPL
and is available for download. Offers of help on
the codebase and ideas for additional features are
- Developer documentation updated (2006-09-18)
- The developer documentation has been updated
to the latest CVS snapshot.
- New version (2006-08-01)
- Version 1.0.6 is available: minor enhancements only. abbreviated ChangeLog
- Developer snapshots being released (2006-05-25)
- Developer snapshots of Bumblebee are now being released (download).
These should be data-safe but expect to find a few bugs as you go. Testers welcome!
- Initial public release (2005-09-05)
- Version 1.0.0 of the Bumblebee codebase is now available for
- Screenshots (2005-08-17)
- Updated screenshots are
- User testing (2005-06-06)
- Bumblebee is being used by
Chemistry at the
University of Melbourne for the management
of 12 instruments and around 200 users.
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