UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 03 | Feb.
Database puts global resources at UBC researchers' fingertips
Virtual community will help boost peer collaboration
by Hilary Thomson, staff writer
Locating funding opportunities and research colleagues
be simpler for UBC's researchers and scholars, thanks to an
research database made available by the Office of the
Called Community of Science, (COS) the Web site is designed for use
by scholars in all disciplines.
Nearly half a million investigators worldwide in all fields of research and
scholarship use the site to publicize research, collaborate with peers, locate
funding and conduct research. The Web site also has links to industry that will
help investigators to connect with the research and development community.
"This site helps to create virtual communities and promote
scientists," says Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research.
is truly a global undertaking and the ability to communicate with
peers is vital."
Features of the service include a database of funding
opportunities with access
to more than 16,000 grants in all fields of research.
the site's Funding Alert offers a customized service that
e-mails individual researchers about funding opportunities that
apply to their
area of investigation.
COS also provides a portfolio of Web tools to create an
working environment. For example, COS Expertise allows
to post professional information and experience. The profiles appear on the
Web site in a secure and standardized format.
Another Web tool, COS Workbench, is a customized Web-based workspace
for professional development. Researchers can create a curriculum vitae home
page and gain access to news specific to their area of interest, schedules of
conferences, searchable information on hundreds of professional societies and
meetings, calls for papers and other services.
Bibliographic databases, such as listings of U.S. patents and current
published work in the biomedical, geological, agricultural and engineering
fields are another of the site's features.
There is also an abstract management system for researchers to write material
collaboratively or conduct peer reviews on-line.
The COS community comprises 400,000 members at 700 universities and
institutions in more than 120 countries.
Twelve Canadian universities subscribe to the site including the University of
Alberta, the University of Toronto and McMaster University. Yale and the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology are some of the 180 U.S. member
The COS Web site, at www.cos.com, offers a comprehensive
tutorial on how to get started. For more information, contact