LatticeGrid is an open-source research networking tool developed by NUCATS and currently in use at eight CTSA sites.
LatticeGrid leverages PubMed citations to show co-authorship and assess investigator similarity based on existing research activity and research interests. It also generates network graphs for viewing direct coauthors or assessing investigators working within specific research areas.
The Feinberg version of this tool leverages additional data from the FSM Faculty Database to build models of collaboration patterns around organizational constructs such as centers and departments. It is uniquely able to define collaboration teams “on the fly” and provides multiple ways to represent and graph physical and virtual relationships between investigators. The Feinberg version also generates reports and in-network visualizations using award data from InfoEd and clinical research projects from eIRB.
LatticeGrid is designed to:
- Identify the network of collaborations that currently exist in a biomedical research organization.
- Highlight the expertise and existing collaboration patterns for an individual in that organization.
- Facilitate the application of this information to the promotion and support of intra- and inter- institutional collaboration.
What can LatticeGrid do for you?
- Identify current and potential collaborators
- Define collaboration teams in real time
- Generate various graphics to demonstrate relationships between investigators (useful in grant applications!)
- Build models to show collaboration patterns
Understanding how shifts in institutional structure and policy affect translational science patterns is of fundamental importance to the biomedical research community. By studying how collaboration and funding patterns change with time, organizations can evaluate the effectiveness of changes in organizational structure and policies. This knowledge provides a mechanism to evaluate the return on investment for team science efforts.
LatticeGrid can be accessed from: http://latticegrid.feinberg.northwestern.edu/