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New Data Map Helps Researchers Find Collaborators, Get Data, and Manage Program Objectives in Real Time

July 13, 2018

Research today is becoming broader and more complex as it crosses disciplinary and institutional boundaries, making it increasingly difficult to find collaborators and manage projects.

A new online tool, simply called Data Map, was recently developed to solve these and other issues for Idaho’s three major research universities—the University of Idaho, Idaho State University, and Boise State University.

Data Map uses visual data mapping technology to link data products to science questions, researchers and research products, such as publications.  It was developed to…

  • Foster social connections between potential collaborators at different institutions or departments

  • Help administrators track and manage large multi-institutional, multidisciplinary research projects

  • Provide powerful visuals for reporting to funding agencies.

Users simply type keywords in one of 15 categories, including people, research questions, and research themes. Upon clicking the ‘search’ button, the user sees all categories in the form of icons, along with an intricately mapped web of connections. From there, users ‘drill down’ by clicking on associated icons until the desired connections are found.

Data Map is currently in its beta-testing phase. Try it at www.idahoecosystems.org/datamap.

The Data Map was developed by environmental data manager Carrie Roever and her colleagues at U of I’s Northwest Knowledge Network. Its development is funded by the Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES) program, overseen by Idaho Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Idaho EPSCoR), which is ultimately funded by the National Science Foundation.

Questions, issues or comments on the Data Map?  Contact Roever at croever@uidaho.edu or 208-885-7129.

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