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Will market-driven collaboration enable new virtual research models?

According to an article published on isgtw, in industry, and with small businesses in particular, it is now common for companies to outsource large amounts of their essential information technology tasks to third party providers. To increase efficiency, cut costs, and streamline their businesses, companies are willing to collaborate and hand over their not-so-core competencies in exchange for the infrastructure, expertise, and support of third-party providers.

Similar approaches are being explored in science, albeit not on the same scale. As scientific research becomes much more specialized and multi-disciplinary, no single scientist can master all of the necessary techniques, or purchase all of the necessary equipment to make significant advances. Collaboration provides a way of bringing together the different technical components required to get research done.

Science Exchange, a science services marketplace, links people in research institutions that have specialized service offerings with researchers that need access to those core services. “Science Exchange was developed to create a marketplace for scientific collaboration where researchers can order experiments from the world’s best labs,” says Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange CEO. “The premise is that this collaboration would, in turn, increase the efficiency of scientific research.”

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