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I’d like to point readers to Anthony Doesburg’s article in the NZ Herald on international collaborations in science. This article introduces a local perspective to the Royal Society of London’s recently announced initiative to ’map and analyse where, why and by whom science is being carried out around the world, and how this is changing’. The results to be released in November this year.

Doesburg writes:

The modern collaboration tool is the data network, the most common of which is the internet. Smith thinks the web is lifting the standard of science by increasing international collaboration,

I agree, but I’d add that collaborations also rely on trust and people who have the wherewithal to make collaborations happen. I believe that despite this face-to-face meetings help. Video conferences can offer this, as his article says, but I’d be interested to hear if readers consider this a true replacement for, say, meeting through an arranged lab visit or day to one side of conference.

As an aside an interesting claim in the article is that each dollar invested in KAREN yields four in return. (It makes you wonder if the local plan by a group of businessmen to establish a direct fibre link to the USA and Australia read that!)

Readers are welcome to share their thoughts on international collaborations, networking (both computer and social) and ’all the rest of it.’ It’s an open-house in the comments!

HT: @KARENnews. (@KARENnews is the twitter newsfeed for the KAREN network; KAREN=Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network).

Addendum

Another form of networking that blends both the use of the internet (or WWW) and social networking are the science-oriented networking software or websites. It would be interesting to hear of people’s experiences in using these for generating or maintaining collaborations.