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Title: Exploiting the Use of Social Networking to Facilitate Collaboration in the Scientific Community

The goal of this project was to exploit social networking to facilitate scientific collaboration. The project objective was to research and identify scientific collaboration styles that are best served by social networking applications and to model the most effective social networking applications to substantiate how social networking can support scientific collaboration. To achieve this goal and objective, the project was to develop an understanding of the types of collaborations conducted by scientific researchers, through classification, data analysis and identification of unique collaboration requirements. Another technical objective in support of this goal was to understand the current state of technology in collaboration tools. In order to test hypotheses about which social networking applications effectively support scientific collaboration the project was to create a prototype scientific collaboration system. The ultimate goal for testing the hypotheses and research of the project was to refine the prototype into a functional application that could effectively facilitate and grow collaboration within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research community.
  1. Information International Associates, Inc.
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Information International Associates, Inc.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Contributing Orgs:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Computational Sciences and Engineering Division; University of Tennessee - Knoxville Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science and the Department of Mathematics
Country of Publication:
United States
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; Social media; collaboration; social networking; research collaboration; research