[Air-L] Looking for Online Research Platforms or Virtual Research Environments

Semenov Alexander semenoffalex at googlemail.com
Thu Dec 18 18:05:43 PST 2008

Hello, Tanya.
Perhaps you've already seen it, but I can suggest you the list of online
survey tools from AoIR Wiki:
Best wishes,

2008/12/16 Tanya Notley <t.notley at qut.edu.au>

> Hello all,
> My apologies if this has been asked many times before; I could not find
> anything in the archives.
> I am wondering if anyone knows if any free or cheap closed (secure)
> research platforms have yet been created for research collaborations.
> Specifically, I'm looking for an appropriate platform that can be used and
> customised by Third Sector Organisations. It should include a range of
> research tools that can be sent out to participants such as surveys and
> polls and a provide a place where research training manuals and other
> documents can be stored but also provide a secure place where research data
> can be uploaded, discussed and analysed. I have worked with teams who have
> custom built  platforms like this (using phpBB, Moodle & Sakai), but I'd
> have thought by now that ready-made off-the-shelf and open source options
> would exist that don't require additional programming and allow you to turn
> features on and off with ease. ??
> I see that Microsoft,  in collaboration with the British Library, are in
> the process of developing the Research Information Centre, a virtual
> research environment (VRE) which sounds like it may suffice, though is not
> developed for original research data and analysis per se (
> http://research.microsoft.com/conferences/facsum2008/scholarly_fs.aspx?
> 0sr=a). They will apparently release the code for this soon, but it is not
> complete and not quite what we need.
> Does anyone know of any other options?
> Much appreciated!
> Tanya Notley
> Research Consultant
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Alexander Semenov.
MA student
Faculty of Sociology
Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES)

Graduate Student in Sociology at
State Univercity - Higher School of Economics

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