Indiana University has received more than $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to collaborate on a $12.2 million, seven-university project described as a "Facebook for scientists," IU reports. The goal of the project, known as Vivo, is to link researchers around the country in an online social and research network, while also protecting sensitive data and intellectual property through authentication mechanisms. "Many researchers have profiles and evolving networks on multiple, but incompatible, sites," said IU’s Katy Borner. "They try to use Facebook and Google for their research; however, these tools and services do not completely address the needs of scholars." Participants in the project also include Cornell, Florida, Weill Cornell Medical College, Washington University in St. Louis, the Scripps Research Institute, and the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico…

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