British Library and Microsoft Announce Online Platform for Collaborative Research

The British Library and Microsoft Research have worked in partnership to design and develop a ‘virtual research environment’ that will provide a single easy-to-use interface enabling research teams to work collaboratively. The Research Information Centre (RIC) Framework will provide an environment in which users can create, share, discuss, manage, find and track articles, references, bookmarks, funding proposals, presentations and all the other digital information related to their research.

Built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, the RIC extends the core MOSS functionality to meet the needs to academic researchers engaged in collaborative research projects.

To see what this looks like the video below gives an overview of the project.

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The project has been released under the Microsoft Public License (except SharePoint Forums) making it freely available for institutions to use. The first release of RIC is available for download here.