Friday, July 19, 2013

Online Tools for Scientific Research

Connecting with other researchers has taken on a new form in the online world. Through the use of free and paid services it is possible to connect with other scientists and collaborate on important projects.  The sites and services offer the opportunity to socialize, communication, share documents and brain storm in collaboration. A presentation by Dr. Jackie Krause provides tips and tools.

Blogging, social media and online collaboration sites are making their way through the scientific community. Where professors and scientists research projects at their local universities with people they knew they now have the opportunity to collaborate with each other from many locations in the world. The use of the Internet makes such efforts possible and speeds up the production of scientific discovery. 

Scientists can build social networks and share resources with others who are interested in the same topics as them. By not working in silo they can help each other find resources from various databases creating a stronger network of information and development. Furthermore, there is the opportunity to build off of each other’s ideas to find new scientific discoveries that can only come through divergent thinking. 

Researchers often face difficulties finding places they can collaborate and the tolls needed. The presentation will bring readers through concepts associated with the general concepts associated with online research as well as where to find these resources. All of the sites require some level of registration or sign-up.

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