The landscape of alliances, foundations, partnerships and consortia in the life sciences world is complex, with many organisations existing that may overlap in their aims or share a significant proportion of their membership. Understanding our place in this complex web of connections is essential for cost-effective and productive life science research.
The Map of Alliances projects set out to discover what other life sciences alliances, consortia and foundations exist and where the overlaps are in function and membership. We would be very grateful if you could let us know about the alliances that you are involved in. The project will ultimately publish this data and tools around it as a public resource.
The comments section in IP3 contains the majority of the alliances we have so far identified.
We are currently working with Paul Olk at the University of Denver to incorporate his own reserach into the landscape of alliances in North America, to which we will add our own research in Europe and elsewhere when his data is first published in Autumn 2016. We are also working with ELIXIR on the BioSchema project to create a standard microdata format for describing organisations (including alliances) that we will use to describe and store and ultimately enable automatic search and integration over data that we gather. The first draft of this standard is expected in Summer 2016.
The Map of Alliances project is therefore temporarily inactive, save for working on these collaborations, until the output from Olk and ELIXIR becomes available.