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Collaboratories: Leveraging information technology for cooperative research

Schleyer, TKL (2001) Collaboratories: Leveraging information technology for cooperative research. Journal of Dental Research, 80 (6). 1508 - 1512. ISSN 0022-0345

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Economic, organizational, and societal pressures, as well as the desire to reach shared goals more efficiently and effectively, are driving an increase in collaborative research. Research collaborations frequently occur among participants separated by temporal, geographical, organizational, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries. Increasingly complex collaborative projects focus attention on the question of how to facilitate working together. Through so-called collaboratories, information technology can play an important role in addressing this question. A collaboratory can be defined as an information technology infrastructure that supports cooperation among individuals, groups, or organizations in pursuit of a shared goal by facilitating interaction, communication, and knowledge-sharing. Tools such as Web-based collaborative workspaces, Internet discussion lists/newsgroups/real-time chat, screen- and application-sharing, Web-based conferencing, online Web page mark-up, automatic notification, and videoconferencing can be used to implement collaboratories. Collaboratories have significant potential to facilitate cooperative research, but should be evaluated carefully to determine best practices.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Schleyer, TKLtitus@pitt.eduTITUS0000-0003-1829-971X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Dental Informatics
Date: 1 January 2001
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Dental Research
Volume: 80
Number: 6
Page Range: 1508 - 1512
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1177/00220345010800060601
Schools and Programs: School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0022-0345
Article Type: Review
MeSH Headings: Congresses as Topic; Cooperative Behavior; Dental Research--methods; Humans; Information Systems; Interinstitutional Relations; Internet; Television
PubMed ID: 11499503
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2012 14:24
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 07:55


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