Category Archives: Research Communities

Nature article on Online Collaboration

Nature released the results of a survey of over 3,500 researchers on their use of social networks for collaboration.

The results are broken down by research area, and explore the frequency and depth of use by researchers. The full, open access article is available online.


Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network

The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) was developed to explore whether, and under what conditions open and collaborative approaches in research could achieve development goals at multiple levels, from individuals through the global community.

The OCSDNet website is available for researchers and practitioners interested in collaboration in science, and the organization is currently seeking proposals for concept notes.

A collaboration of researchers, librarians, library students, and ants

Dorothy Barr recently wrote “The Ants Go Marching: Interns’ and Librarians’ Roles in a Global Collaboration” for the Spring 2014 issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. From the abstract:

This paper describes how five Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science (GSLIS) students worked on GAP and AntWiki, finding and collecting PDFs of articles; posting online those that are out of copyright; searching for and uploading portraits of taxonomists; and creating a page on Antwiki on Human Culture and Ants. The project thus became a collaboration of researchers, librarians and library students to further the world’s knowledge of ants, the “little creatures that run the world” in E.O. Wilson’s words (Upton 1995).

Notes and Slides from recent CARL meeting on Collaboration

Library Journal has posted the slides and meeting notes from the December 2nd, 2013 meeting of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). The objective of the meeting was to discuss a proposal for a Canadian network of research data management services.

Universities collaborate on big data

New York University, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Washington have joined on a 5 year project to work with big data to achieve three goals: Develop meaningful and sustained interactions and collaborations, establish career paths that are long-term and sustainable, and build on current academic and industrial efforts to work towards an ecosystem of analytical tools and research practices.

The project received funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Read the full news release here.

Video data-sharing library developmental science established

In the largest open-source video-data sharing project of its kind, behavioral researchers, digital library scientists and computer scientists are undertaking the creation of Databrary, a web-based video-data library sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

National Archives and UVA release Founders Online website

“This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.”