Technology Resource Catalogue
Clinical Trials Software
Clinical Trials Software Clinical Trials software is used to capture and manage clinical trial data. It allows users to build their own studies, design electronic Case Report Forms (eCRFs), and conduct a full range of clinical data capture and clinical data management functions.
Collaborative authoring tools allow teams to author documents together. They range from wikis, which are web-focused, to tools like Google Docs and Microsoft Office Live, which focus on desktop publishing. Wikipedia maintains an article on collaborative authoring and tools.
Collaborative Research Environment
A collaborative research environment is an online application that combines and integrates several collaboration tools, such as wiki, file hosting, discussion forum, chat, calendar, blog, etc. Collaborative research environments integrate several collaboration tools but often don't do as good a job at each of these as some more dedicated single-purpose tools. Collaborative research environments usually require a server to be set up. Before attempting to set up your own, talk to either your eResearch Analyst or your on-campus IT support group to discover hosting options available to you.
Content Management Systems
Content management systems are used to create websites and publish documents, without having to know the ins and outs of web development. Content management systems usually require a server to be set up. Before attempting to set up your own, talk to either your Intersect eResearch analyst or our on-campus IT support group to discover hosting options available to you. Wikipedia maintains a comprehensive list of content management systems.
These services provide capacity for storing raw data. When selecting external data storage facilities special consideration should be given to the volume of data to be stored, how the data will be backed and any privacy concerns surrounding the data. Online data storage options can be particularly useful in situations where a distributed team of researchers are working on the same data.
There are three modes of sharing files. The first is for a researcher to share their own files between multiple computers (e.g. home and office). The second is for on-going shared access to a set of files for multiple researchers. The third is for one-off file transfers (often very large) from one researcher to another.
High Performance Computing
Many researchers use computers but desktop machines only go so far. If your overnight compute jobs run into the next day, if your research waits for a weekend to run, if your computer is limiting the progress of your research, then high performance computing (HPC) is the solution.
High performance computing is used to solve real-world problems of significant scale or detail across a diverse range of disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, climate sciences, engineering and many others.
Issue tracking software is used to keep track of problems and tasks, including due-dates, who is responsible, outcomes and so on. Wikipedia maintains a comparison of issue tracking software solutions. Issue tracking software sometimes requires a server to be set up. Before attempting to set up your own, talk to either your eResearch analyst or your on-campus IT support group to discover hosting options available to you.
Research Administrative Systems
Many administrative systems exist to assist researchers with varying aspects of their research workflow.
Conducting surveys is an important part of many research projects. Where respondents are able to complete the survey electronically, many software tools are able to assist.
This category contains a variety utilities that do not fit into any of the other categories.
Version control software allows users to keep a repository of documents and record the history of their changes over time. Version control software usually requires a server be set up. Before attempting to set up your own, talk to either your eResearch analyst or your on-campus IT support group to discover hosting options available to you. Wikipedia maintains a comprehensive list of version control software.
Desktop video conferencing allows researchers to initiate and participate in video conferences from their computer. Best results are achieved when headphones are used, especially when more than two parties participate. Wikipedia maintains a comprehensive article containing many other solutions.