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Science-Forums.net

Communities for Science Colleagues

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Lance Vowell

Program Manager

Contractor to DOE/OSTI

Information International Associates (IIa)

Lynn Davis

Program Liaison, MLS

DOE Office of Scientific and

Technical Information (OSTI)

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Motivation/Justification

Hypothesis that Web 2.0 technologies can promote:

  • Collaboration
  • Information exchange
  • Global networking among scientists (peer-to-peer)
  • Scientific discovery and innovation 

 BACKGROUND

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Motivation/Justification (cont'd)

We believed that scientific researchers would want to collaborate in a different manner than that provided by the typical social network such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Second Life or Twitter

 

We also wanted the system to support a broad range of both published and grey information types such as technical reports, theses, research notes, research papers in progress

BACKGROUND

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Primary Goal

Speed the diffusion of scientific knowledge by enabling improved web 2.0 communications among scientific and research communities.

  • Ease implementation of peer-to-peer communications
  • Enable informal content creation of both comments and discussion
  • Create formal published and grey literature
  • Provide mechanisms to access, import, share, view, and cite other published and grey literature

PHASE I

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Other Potential Benefits

  • Facilitate retrieval of scientific and technical information by librarians and other information professionals
  • Apply concept to traditional government research agencies, universities, pharmaceutical companies, and all organizations involved in scientific research

PHASE I

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User/Subject Matter Expert Input Sought

  • Interviewed hand-selected Focus Group
  • Identified larger group to provide periodic feedback

PHASE I

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Major Focus Areas

During 3 years of research:

  • Determined high-level requirements for system
    • Simplicity and ease of use
    • Information security
  • Conducted survey of commercial off-the-shelf/open source systems
  • Produced prototype for evaluation

PHASE I

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Prototype Development

  • Noted considerable change in landscape of peer-to-peer collaboration between Phase I and Phase II surveys
  • Determined significant number of shareware or open source products were highly customizable and would meet many of the project requirements out-of-the-box

PHASE II

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Technology

  • Platform: Considered Ning, Drupal, Mambo, Joomla!, Taverna and SupportMaster; Drupal was chosen

PHASE II

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Technology (cont'd.)

  • Web-based content management system: Research and development led to building a system to enable self-forming groups, where researchers can create useful web-based communities around scientific topics of interest to those groups

PHASE II

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Technology (cont'd.)

  • Open Access Standards: Chosen to import documents to the Library since a primary function of the system is a repository (library) for scientific research information

PHASE II

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Beta

  • "Science-Forums.net": The name given the website and system by the Project Team

PHASE II

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Science-Forums.net

Communities for Science Colleagues

 

Tweet Comments or Questions:

@L_Vowell

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Lance Vowell

Program Manager

Contractor to DOE/OSTI

Information International Associates (IIa)

(865) 576-2087

VowellL@osti.gov

 

Lynn Davis

Program Liaison, MLS

DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)

(865) 241-6435

DavisL@osti.gov

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