Your Research Website
Using the MyLabBook approach, your research website is tailored specifically for your research needs. The standard features from which you can create your Collaborative Research Website are shown below.
Custom Content Types
Drupal has arguably the most advanced capability for creation of custom content types of any CMS. Custom content types can contain any of dozens of different fields types, from references to geolocations to rich text fields to website links to different types of numerical fields to video and images, to name only a few. Custom content types become straightforward to build and can match your research data needs like a glove.
Robust Social Network
Drupal also has arguably the most advanced open source social networking platform available with Open Social. Integration of Open Social is a key asset of the MyLabBook approach. Open Social provides many features that make collaboration amongst colleagues more seamless, such as private messaging, email notifications, groups, events, blogs, and a robust permission system with appropriate privacy measures.
Maps and Geolocation Services
Drupal has many modules for integration of mapping capabilities. This is somewhat unique when compared to Electronic Lab Notebooks or most other research systems. Mapping capabilities open up many new possibilities for certain areas of research like epidemiology, climate change studies, and phylogeography.
Web forms give you the ability to design custom forms for data collection and then send the results to whomever might be interested. The web form module in Drupal has a rich ecosystem that allows you to customize forms for all types of behaviors.
Dashboards can be customized to provide a good overview of the areas that you want to track most closely. This can be results of the research overall or for certain individuals. You can also quickly see statistical summaries of other site activity.
CSV Export and Import
Modules for CSV export and import give you the ability to export your data at any time. This opens up a wide range of other possibilities when you can easily export your data for use by powerful tools for AI, Machine Learning, Statistics and other tools for specific areas of analysis.
Robust User Management
The only limitation to the number of users for a given installation is the hardware resources available to handle the data and the maintenance resources to manage the questions from users. There is also a robust permission system to determine which users are able to see which content.
Security and Versioning
Drupal has a dedicated security team that is continually offering updates for any new vulnerabilities that are found. You also have the ability to separate your data to a private area inaccessible from the web. You can also version your data if desired, with the caveat that this will require extra storage.
If you desire a publicly available website for any reason, there are numerous possibilities for attractive themes. These can showcase the results of your research in ways that communicate effectively to the public or other groups interested in your research.
Possible Advanced Features
Although the features listed below are not standard features for the
MyLabBook approach, we are happy to integrate any of the following features
Please feel free to also contact us if you have any other features that we may provide through custom development for you.
Drupal's LDAP integration module is useful for integrating with your Active Directory or OpenLDAP authentication system.
The Maestro Workflow system provides a mature and sophisticated graphical workflow system.