Collaborative tools

Doing (e-)research usually involves assembling a set of tools and technologies to be used, setting up ways of sharing resources of various kinds and establishing communication and collaboration mechanisms. There's a range of services or tools that researchers may make use of in their work. You might want to

  • authenticate using an authentication service: who has access to a resource and what they can do with it (authentication and authorization);
  • transfer data;
  • configure a resource;
  • invoke a computation;
  • re-use data and give credit to the original producer; 
  • archive output data and runtime data; 
  • publish outputs, both informally through blogs or wikis and formally through conference or journal papers;
  • discover what resources are available
  • monitor the state of a resource or process; 
  • maintain awareness of who is doing what; 
  • find out where particular data has come from and how it was processed (provenance).

For practically all these aspects of the research cycle collaborative tools are available:

  • An extensive list of research tools can be found at Bamboo Digital Research Tools (DiRT): a registry of digital research tools, services and collections for scholarly use.
  • To get an impression of virtual (research) environments available, see, for instance, an extensive list of collaborative software at Wikipedia.
  • SURFnet initiates innovative collaboration Infrastructure projects (SURFconext). Via SURFdrive a personal cloud storage service is available for the Dutch higher education and research community, offering also EUR researchers an easy way to store, synchronise and share files in the secure and reliable SURF community cloud. You are welcome to use it with your ERNA account. Login via: https://surfdrive.surf.nl/. See also the manual.
  • 101 Innovations in scholarly communication: the changing research workflow.  A selection of 101 innovations (in the form of tools & sites), graphically displayed by year and also according to 6 phases of the research workflow: collection of data & literature, analysis, writing, publishing & archiving, outreach and assessment.
  • Mendeley is considered to be a good tool tool to help you collect, site, organize, and share your research sources, and a social environment for your own research publications, including statistics and metrics.

Course on Online scholarly collaboration 

Online scholarly collaboration in a collaboratory or virtual research environment (VRE) is a relatively new way of working in the social sciences and humanities. How to create your own collaboratory, using Sharepoint software from SURFgroepen as an example. Identify failure and success factors, especially organizational and social factors.