Data discontinuity in scientific communication is a big problem in science. In scientific publications, details about experiments are very often heavily edited and compressed, so reproducibility and the reutilization of scientific findings becomes a challenge.
- Labfolder is a documentation and planning tool for laboratory research, enabling scientists to easily plan their experiments, document their data and collaborate with other scientists. With free apps for Android and iOS, labfolder allows scientists to use their smartphones and tablets as digital lab notebooks.
- Mendeley, which became part of Elsevier last year, is a global research collaboration platform and academic database with desktop, mobile and web applications that help people organize, share and discover research. The Mendeley API powers more than 300 new third-party applications that are making science more social and open.
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Read a guest post by labfolder Co-Founder and COO Florian Hauer, PhD.
Linking these two free tools allows the citation and embedding of scientific literature into experimental raw data, and the exporting and sharing of experiment descriptions in Mendeley.
"Linking scientific publications to raw data is an important step in making science more reproducible" said Dr. Victor Henning, Co-founder and CEO of Mendeley.
Dr. Simon Bungers, Co-founder and CEO of Labfolder, said: "the Mendeley integration allows scientists to use scientific literature right where they need it. And the possibility to share experimental details on Mendeley – either with collaborators or publicly – further helps scientists to exchange technical knowledge and get additional citations for their work."
Mendeley and labfolder are the names of the companies as well as their tools; Mendeley is based in London, and labfolder is based in Berlin.
With data-sharing becoming more and more popular, their collaboration meets an important need. The US National Science Foundation encourages the sharing of scientific datasets by rating data citations in the same way as other publications, such as journals, and other international funding agencies are likely to follow suit. The intrinsic interest of scientists in sharing this data is also on the rise; recent studies show that many scientists now embrace data sharing – and this helps their work get more recognition.
As a result, new tools and platforms are being developed to help scientists communicate data and knowledge more effectively. With the widespread availability of growing amounts of data, the challenge for researchers is to find the right information at the right time to solve their problems.
Labfolder Co-founder and COO Dr. Florian Hauer pointed out that Mendley offers a recommendation engine based on the similarities among scientific papers people read.
"By identifying clusters of potentially interesting content, Mendeley can help users find the right source of experimental data that Labfolder users share on Mendeley, and also find the right audience for their own content," he explained. [divider]
Labfolder Co-Founder/COO Dr. Florian Hauer and Mendeley Co-Founder/CEO Victor Henning in conversation: "Mendeley and Labfolder founders on how digital tools can revolutionize research" (Elsevier Connect, April 3, 2014)
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Alice Atkinson-Bonasio (@alicebonasio) is PR and Communications Manager for Mendeley, the company that created the Mendeley research collaboration platform and workflow tool and was acquired by Elsevier in April. She holds an MA in creative and media enterprises from the University of Warwick and is completing a PhD in online marketing at Bournemouth University. She is based in Mendeley's London office.