Social science researchers, like any other researchers, produce data in their work, both quantitative and qualitative. Unlike other sciences, social science researchers have some added difficulties in meeting the data sharing initiatives promoted by funding agencies and journals when it comes to qualitative data and how to share it "both ethically and safely." In this 2017 paper, Kirilova and Karcher describe the efforts of the Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University, considering the variables that went into making qualitative data available while trying to reconcile "the tension between modifying data or restricting access to them, and retaining their analytic value." They conclude that such repositories' goals should be towards "educating researchers how to be 'safe people' and how to plan for 'safe projects' – when accessing such data and using them for secondary analysis – and providing long-term 'safe settings' for the data, including via de-identification and appropriate access controls."
The electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) is implemented in a wide variety of research environments, but what are the special requirements of a public-private partnership? In this 2016 paper published in PeerJ Computer Science, members of the TRANSLOCATION consortium — "a multinational and multisite public–private partnership (PPP) with 15 academic partners, five pharmaceutical companies and seven small- and medium-sized enterprises" — carefully present the process they took in selecting, installing, supporting, and re-evaluating an ELN for their scientific research. The group concludes that selection, implementation, change management. user buy-in, and value-added ability are all vital to the adoption and use of an ELN in a PPP.
One of our past blogs entitled “Top 5 LIMS and LIMS Consulting Myths – Busted!” was met with great enthusiasm. Interestingly, several of the comments on this blog pointed out other LIMS myths and misconceptions. After reviewing these and taking stock with several of my fellow lab informatics aficionados, we have decided to revisit this topic and present here several more LIMS myths that deserve public busting.
Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a flowering plant indigenous to Central and South Asia. The plant has been valued since ancient times for its psychoactive, medicinal, and fibrous properties. With the increasing legalization of both recreational and medical cannabis, there is a need for robust and reliable cannabis analytical testing to ensure consumer safety and potency.
"This webinar will explore how researchers use new technologies to manage their workflows, facilitate collaboration, and share aspects of their work. Panelists will present examples of different research teams’ collaborative processes, including how they managed roles, archived study materials, and made sharing determinations. They will also describe how the choice of tools allows them to have insight into the active research process and consult on preservation and discovery. The researchers profiled all use the Open Science Framework (https://osf.io) as a collaborative research platform to house their diverse project materials, along with other related cloud-based platforms."
"Modern biomedical instrumentation for research or diagnostic applications often rely on cameras as detectors. Cameras in instruments are employed for many purposes ranging from high resolution fluorescence imaging in HTS/ HCS to quantifying protein concentrations in chemiluminescence-based western blotting. Photometrics has long been a partner for instrument builders when a camera is needed. Recently released cameras have pushed the boundaries of imaging technology as well as pioneered the pragmatic application of computational imaging. Computational imaging is the practice of harnessing processing power available in integrated FPGAs to deliver not only images, but better answers faster. In this webinar, the Photometrics OEM division will share how they encourage their partners to break the model of “cameras are only good for imaging.” Cameras can be thought of as the engine at the center of an instrument and as such can do much more than just produce images." Speaker: Steve Smith, PhD, OEM Marketing Manager, Photometrics
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