The Synaptic Leap communities are generally disease specific. Our goal is to connect scientists with various research skills working on a particular disease so that they may collaborate together and offer fresh perspectives on the issues at hand.
During our pilot phase, we are focusing on tropical diseases. For example, we have a community for malaria and a community for schisto. You can navigate to these communities by using the navigation folders on the left.
There is also a general community for open source biomedical research It's the only non-disease oriented community and is intended to be a community for general open and collaborative biomedical research tools, discussions and site postings.
Each community acts as a mini portal assembling recent research articles, and web-based research tools to study the research community's disease of focus. Users participating in multiple research communities will quickly become familiar with this common infrastructure. The various community tools will each be discussed separately. When you click on a research community navigational link e.g. malaria research, you will be presented with a welcome page in the main content area and the primary community links will expand in the navigational box on the left.
Each research community is led by web-savvy scientists studying that disease. These scientists help to assemble the tools and resources you will need to research and participate in collaborative research projects for that disease. Thanks to the web, these resources are growing rapidly. If you know of an important resource that they are missing, pipe up by commenting on the pertinent page or by posting a blog and publishing it to the appropriate collaborative community.
If you wish to lead another community conducting open, collaborative research projects focusing on another disease, contact Ginger.
When people and ideas within The Synaptic Leap connect and mature, they blossom into open, collaborative research projects. Project information can be maintained within the Current Projects section of a research community. Projects, like this user's guide, are created using Drupal's book module. Books allow content to be created and maintained on separate pages and then organized hierarchically. Community participants can easily create child pages to a given page. User's can navigate the hierarchy using the next and previous links at the bottom of the page.
When creating a project page, remember you are publishing the information on the web. You need to make it easy for people to browse and get a good overview of your project with an ability to drill for more details.
Suggested section headings within a project page:
Additionally, we suggest that you create a child page to tell others how they can get involved - donating data, materials, or specific research skills needed. By creating this as a separate page, you can also publish it to the Resources Needed page by simply selecting the Resources Needed subject.