I run a small lab in a research institute, working collaboratively with a few colleagues. I like to keep my lab notebook on-line, so that collaborators can immediately see any recent developments on my research projects. I have been a part of the Open Wetware project ([url removed, login to view]), and have generally enjoyed their notebook format, but would like a solution that permits a greater control over the design of the site.
I would like a wiki-based lab notebook, which is organized similar to the openwetware model, i.e., within each project, there is a calendar, where each entry leads to a separate wiki page that contains the laboratory notes for that day. You can use any of the available wiki platforms. Additional features include:
RSS feed of recent changes tagged by user
Support for multiple projects
Delete pages and projects
Import existing notebook from openwetware
Multiple user accounts and default font highlighting for each account
Search text by project and across the entire site
Access control to non-account holders (permissions set by project)
Google docs embedding using iframe
Print notebook to hard copy (all pages in the project can be printed in a concatenated format)
The ability to backup the site by copying files from the wiki directory
History of changes preserved forever with timestamps
For an example of a notebook (not my own) see: [url removed, login to view]:Harvard/2009/Notebook/Harvard_iGEM_2010
You are free to rip off as much of openwetware as you want, as long as you put in the features above. However, if you want to use a different flavor wiki, that would work too. The notebook will be set up on a hosted web site.