Below is a message from the Graduate School of Education about a new web-based enviroment that would probably be better to spend time in than Second Life. That is if you want to get some collaborative research done that might be recognized by your department.
We are pleased to announce the release of Research Hub, a web-based environment that provides powerful and easy-to-use tools for collaborating with colleagues, and organizing and enriching research data. Research Hub was developed by the Research and Content Technologies (RCT) department of Information Services and Technology (IST). It is envisioned as a hub for active research, connecting campus researchers to other scholars, online collections, analytical and visualization tools, publication portals, and archival repositories.
With Research Hub you can:
- Quickly create sites for your research teams and projects. Built-in wikis, blogs, discussion forums, and other tools support group communication.
- Organize your content using folders, tags, comments, and descriptive information.
- Browse documents using thumbnail images and document previews.
- Use full-text search and advanced filtering to find what you’re looking for, fast!
Additional projects underway include:
- Guest IDs for off-campus colleagues.
- Integration with California Digital Library archive and preservation services.
- Connection to scholarly collections, such as Early English Books Online, HathiTrust, and the Perseus Collection.
All data is safely stored in the UC Berkeley data center and can be accessed from anywhere, via desktop, laptop, or mobile device. A basic, no charge, account includes 10 GB of storage, but additional storage is available for purchase. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Research Hub is one of a number of IST initiatives designed to support research at UC Berkeley. It is available to all current faculty, students, and staff. To get started, go to the Research Hub website–hub.berkeley.edu–and log in with your CalNet ID.