The DNA community Network CONNECT.
DNA barcoding researchers are pioneers in their discipline and subsequently have no pre-existing resources for reference other than the experiences and successes of their peers. Unfortunately, these researchers also tend to be geographically isolated and scattered across the globe, making it difficult to connect and share much-needed information. The DNA Barcoding community network, http://connect.barcodeoflife.net, was launched in November 2009 to serve as a place for communication and collaboration on a global scale, overcoming the rather dispersed nature of DNA barcoding researchers and enthusiasts.
The network, known as Connect, provides helpful tools and a venue designed to activate participation and facilitate engagement.
- Researchers can use the Forum to introduce themselves to their peers, share and read the latest in community news and events, or discuss problems or successes encountered with the various steps of the barcoding pipeline, from field procedures to data management.
- Members of barcoding initiatives and working groups such as HealthBOL, or individuals who share a targeted interest such as Education and Outreach, can create and join groups in order to share announcements, give progress updates, and discuss problems and events specific to their focus.
- Peer-reviewed publications can be shared, allowing members to post questions and authors to reply and even add updates or links to additional data sets.
- Videos, presentations, and photos can be shared and commented on, leveraging the media-sharing ability of the internet to disseminate information that can’t be expressed through static text alone.
Getting involved in Connect is quick and easy—users simply create an account, post an introduction to the community, and start getting involved! RSS or follow-by-email settings help alert members to new posts and activity, and any questions or suggestions can be directed to the Feedback discussion board or directed to Kris Jett, CBOL’s Connect liason.