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Science Collaboration: transparency of research/methods

There are 3 main benefits from boosting collaboration and increasing transparency within a governmental organization such as NOAA including increase public trust, reduced costs on training new lab members and/or students, and increased 'talk' between labs thus pushing the science forward.

 

With rising costs of more complicated experiments, increasing scientific collaboration is one of the hottest issues today. There are no more '1' man labs as projects often require interdisciplinary expertise.

 

There are several current companies and organizations that are beginning to capture and organize this transfer of knowledge, (twitter, facebook, benchfly.com, protocol-online.com, CircQ, etc)

 

My proposal is to have individual labs that operate for a division to be responsible for making public their protocols and methods in video format. This will dramatically cut costs associated with training new and existing lab members in new techniques. This transparency will also allow for 'research centers of excellance' to inform the public (academia scientists, NGOs, etc) on what they are actually doing. This will not only boost credibility of the lab but also build upon the research bridge spanning academia and government. Ideally, when one goes to a conference to present data or a show, one could reference their techniques (video and SOP paper format) in the presentation to clear up any questions.

 

Furthermore, this transparency will allow similar labs who may be doing the same technique to better be able to scrutinize their own lab practices and improve on troubleshooting capabilities.

 

Any scientist knows that applying a technique from a publication is never as straight forward and easy as it seems. This technology platform should eventually be across all agencies and would only strengthen the U.S. as a whole.

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