Monday, 8 December 2008

ResearchGate & scientific networking

ResearchGATE is a scientific networking site for researchers, using Web 2.0 applications and tools to create a collaborative and scientific social network that will facilitate and improve the way scientists collaborate. ResearchGATE aims to connect researchers and information and foster collaboration between researchers in different countries.

There are many Web 2.0 tools and applications available for the registered user and many personalisation features. There is the facility to view publications related to subject specific research and connect with fellow researchers or groups working within the same area, create a personal profile, a blog, invite colleagues to join the network, create a group, and also communicate online using the discussion forum. Full details of the developers, partners, aims and activities, and the advisory group are provided. It is free to join this network and there is an introductory video which provides a quick introduction to the site and its features.