C-ME: A 3D community-based, real-time collaboration tool for scientific research and training

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Abstract

The need for effective collaboration tools is growing as multidisciplinary proteome-wide projects and distributed research teams become more common. The resulting data is often quite disparate, stored in separate locations, and not contextually related. Collaborative Molecular Modeling Environment (∈-ME)-is an interactive community-based collaboration system that allows researchers to organize information, visualize data on a two-dimensional (2-D) or three-dimensional (3-D) basis, and share and manage that information with collaborators in real time. C-ME stores the information in industry-standard databases that are immediately accessible by appropriate persmission within the computer network directory service or anonymously across the internet through the C-ME application or through a web browser. The system addresses two important aspects of collaboration: context and information management. C-ME allows a researcher to use a 3-D atomic structure model or a 2-D image as contextual basis on which to attach and share annotations to specific atoms or molecules or to specific regions of a 2-D image. These annotations provide additional information about the atomic structure or image data that can then be evaluated, amended or added to by other project members. © 2008 Kolatkar et al.

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Kolatkar, A., Kennedy, K., Halabuk, D., Kunken, J., Marrinucci, D., Bethel, K., … Kuhn, P. (2008). C-ME: A 3D community-based, real-time collaboration tool for scientific research and training. PLoS ONE, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0001621

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