Center for Dental Informatics

Contact: Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD: For immediate release (11/12/2008)

New book: "Scientific Collaboration on the Internet" coauthored by Titus Schleyer

MIT recently published the book "Scientific Collaboration on the Internet" (edited by by Gary M. Olson, Ann Zimmerman and Nathan Bos) which takes the reader on a tour de force of how computer-mediated communication and computer-supported cooperative work on the Internet have revolutionized how science is conducted. Dr. Titus Schleyer, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Center for Dental Informatics, together with scientists from the University of Michigan School of Information, contributed a chapter about collaboratories in biomedical research.

The projects described in the book range from the development of a national virtual observatory for astronomical research to a National Institutes of Health funding program for major multilaboratory medical research; from the deployment of a cyberinfrastructure to connect experts in earthquake engineering to partnerships between developed and developing countries in AIDS research. The chapter authors speak frankly about the problems these projects encountered as well as the successes they achieved. The book strikes a useful balance between presenting the real stories of collaborations and developing a scientific approach to conceiving, designing, implementing, and evaluating such projects. It points to a future of scientific collaborations that build successfully on aspects from multiple disciplines.

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