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CSAFE CRE Presentation

  1. 1. <ul><li>The difficulty faced by many research organisations is how it will create and manage a process by which its various collaborators feel valued and significant within a research community despite the geographical disconnection, and be able to engage effortlessly in advance collaborative research as if they were within the same geographical location. </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Research Environments/Organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Russell Butson – Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC) I am interested in online collaborative environments, particularly intellectual environments designed to support academic practice (HEDC + eRAG) </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Members each with their copies of documents, notes and evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Communication P2P </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul><ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Poor group </li></ul><ul><li>synchronization </li></ul><ul><li>Current Collaborative Practice </li></ul>Deliverable/s 1 2
  3. 3. <ul><li>Central storage of documents, notes, evidence and communication </li></ul><ul><li>P2P Communication is available via </li></ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul><ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>meetings </li></ul><ul><li>High group </li></ul><ul><li>synchronization </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging Collaborative Practice … the use of web services </li></ul>Deliverable/s 1 2
  4. 4. <ul><li>So… as researchers </li></ul><ul><li>What are we to centralise ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is it that we actually do ? </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>An Overview of a Virtual/Collaborative Research Environment </li></ul><ul><li>A review of USA & UK research/practice </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>What are we to centralise ? </li></ul><ul><li>Key elements to consider when virtualizing a research group/project. </li></ul><ul><li>Personal & Group identity Engagement – commitment - purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management storage and sharing of information – including sourced and created </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management Reduced slippage – increased productivity – increased quality </li></ul><ul><li>Co-construction of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Idea development, position papers, presentations, working documents </li></ul><ul><li>and co-authored articles </li></ul>The Key Elements
  7. 7. <ul><li>Group Research Process What is it that we do ? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Wiki’s – These were only useful for ‘idea development’ </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs – These did not work well with groups </li></ul><ul><li>Groove – Only useful for single projects using Win OS </li></ul><ul><li>Collaber – Like Groove but allowed both Mac & Win OS </li></ul><ul><li>What we needed was a system that could aggregate new technologies into one environment </li></ul><ul><li>+ </li></ul><ul><li>That allow for multiple projects </li></ul><ul><li>+ </li></ul><ul><li>Was first and foremost people-centric </li></ul>Initial exploration … Starting back in 2005
  9. 9. BeSTGRID – Virtual Research Environment Auckland University – Funded by Ministry of Research Science & Technology
  10. 10. VRE
  11. 11. <ul><li>VRE Project… </li></ul><ul><li>Build a prototype environment that can be developed on the fly </li></ul><ul><li>Work with a research groups to identify practices / processes </li></ul><ul><li>Support researchers to adopt new technologies / approaches </li></ul>
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  18. 19. <ul><li>CSAFE – Virtual Research Environment (VRE) </li></ul>

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