What is Spectral Workbench?
With it, you can:
- connect your USB Desktop Spectrometry Kit
- scan and save samples
- wavelength calibrate your spectrometer
- compare and analyze scans
- download CSV data for offline analysis
- view others' data and discuss
- find similar data in a database of over 60k spectra
No download is required -- just a web connection. The Chrome browser works best, but most standard-compliant browsers are supported. It is possible to use from an Android smartphone, preferably with the Firefox browser.
- Learn to use the software
- Spectrometry in general
- Applications & uses
- API Docs
The codebase is available at https://github.com/jywarren/spectral-workbench. The server is written in Ruby on Rails, and the capture interface is mostly jQuery, jQuery Mobile, Canvas, and the HTML5 getUserMedia() API.
The software is in need of a great deal more work, so if you are interested, please get involved! A great place to start is the "plots-dev" mailing list for software developers: http://publiclab.org/wiki/developers
Some folks have been setting up their own copy of Spectral Workbench. This can be a bit tricky for those new to Ruby on Rails, but is a really helpful first step if you're interested in contributing to the code. YvesAD went through the whole process, written up here: https://github.com/jywarren/spectral-workbench/issues/206 but he also posted a step-by-step install guide here: https://gist.github.com/YvesAD/5520784