Collaboration Workspace

Developing a workspace that promotes authentic collaboration requires an infrastructure that provides profiles of team members and their project and resources, as well as enabling posting, tracking, discussing and revising researchers’ incremental results. Additionally, the tools must track and measure open and collaborative activities in order to establish rewards that incentivize these behaviors.

Rapid Science assisted in strategizing and implementing, with consulting partner Stratos (Strategies for Open Science), a “Hub” for conducting open research by 600+ grantees of Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) – an initiative dedicated to accelerating the pace of discovery in basic biology through transparency and open practices.

Through this work, Stratos conceived and developed a Research Outputs Management System (ROMS) to track, tag, and standardize outputs (see sketch below). The schema is an extensible framework for identifying and describing research outputs regardless of where they are stored. It includes the required use of persistent identifies and adequate metadata to ensure that all outputs, including data, code, protocols, and tangible materials are discoverable, machine-readable, and connected to the people, institutions, and other related outputs.

Research Output Management System

In addition to gathering outputs with persistent identifiers, the ROMS can monitor open and collaborative behaviors; together these data serve a variety of purposes as shown below.

ROMS: Foundation for Open Science

Work on the ROMS and ASAP hub led to the founding of Incentivizing Collaborative & Open Research (ICOR), a community-based organization dedicated to formulating and implementing practical ideas that will engender a research culture grounded in openness and trust. As alternative resource management systems and hubs are being developed, ICOR’s task is to develop standards and best practices for the community.

In earlier work, Rapid Science developed the collaborative workspace Sarcoma Central for clinical researchers to discuss outcomes of clinical trials and insights from their practices. They sought to understand the biology and efficacy of experimental and approved therapies, for which there is a paucity of data in this rare disease. See below a demo showcasing the communication tools in the pilot workspace.