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Technology has a profound effect on how scientists can communicate with each other. This affects how quickly science can progress and what kinds of collaboration are possible. Although the printing press and the subsequent establishment of scientifi c journals dramatically increased the ability of researchers to disseminate their results and ideas, close collaborations between geographically separated individuals had to await the availability of telecommunication technologies, particularly the development of the Internet. Today, the ubiquity of sophisticated and easy - to - use tools to exchange information is enabling the creation of a “ shared presence ” between people, regardless of their geographical location. Researchers can share not only their data but also details regarding how they processed their data, their interpretation of their results, and their future plans. However, the ability to share only translates into actual sharing if there is a motivation to do so. In this chapter we will provide examples of what is possible when researchers choose to share their experimental work in progress. The chapter presents a chronological timeline of some key events in the history of these examples.


contribution to the book in Collaborative Computational Technologies for Biomedical Research



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