While the world has grown smaller due to new inter-connective technologies, the problems we face have only gotten larger. The simple truth is that some of these problems, such as pandemics and climate change, are too big for one laboratory to be able to handle effectively. Laboratory collaboration is vitally important for handling more complex scientific and tech-heavy projects.
Solving the Pandemic Problem
While people can get to and from places better and quicker than they ever used to, that can also cause quite a few problems when it comes to fighting the diseases we see these days. After all, if people are able to travel faster, so are the diseases.
Technology has made it much easier for labs that aren’t even in the same hemisphere to work together in order to solve the problem. Even labs that are in the same city used to have some problems working together on a project that required timely treatment and study. Having competent biological storage, a dependable form of transportation, and collaboration over the Internet have all made it that much easier to solve a number of problems.
Having biological storage for those means that they will stay fresh and viable for longer periods of time. This especially comes in handy when talking about shipping those doses from one end of the planet to the other. Partial, or test doses, can be worked on by shipping actual samples using these storage solutions.
Climate Change and Collaboration
Climate change is another field in which laboratories are able to work together in new ways. There was once a period of time when some countries around the globe were claiming that the problem wasn’t really a problem. One by one, those countries that were denying that there was anything like global climate change have come around to the idea and embraced it. The problem has become such an issue that mayors of certain US cities are now banding together in order to try and take on the issue. When you are talking about collaboration on such as micro scale as this, different laboratories are having to work together all the time.
When talking about collaboration on data that has to do with global climate change, you are talking about quite a bit more data that is already out there in cyberspace. Scientists can use even the most basic of solutions such as Whiteboard or even Google Docs to quickly and easily exchange data in real time. One person logs a finding such as mean temperature in a region over a period of months and a researcher halfway across the world can add that data to their own.
Some cities and towns across the globe have even started allowing access to data that is usually proprietary in order to collaborate and fight global climate change. In Seattle, property owners have released information on utilities like electricity, water and gas. This data has been made available to numerous people in the science field in order to figure out new ways to save energy usage and come up with sustainable, low energy initiatives.