Last week, I was invited to give a talk on Futurescaper's use as a collaboration tool for research teams by the kind folks at Overleaf, who have built a great system for collaborative writing and publishing. The theme was the future of scientific publishing; you can read more about the whole event here, and about Futurescaper specifically below.

Photo courtesy of @DrHammersley

Photo courtesy of @DrHammersley

Scientific collaboration needs collaborators to have a common understanding of the literature they’re working from. Futurescaper is a tool that connects people’s thinking on complex issues, and is being used to help coordinate teams of researchers working on long-term, multi-author projects. We’ll show an example of how a team of analysts used Futurescaper to make sense of 300+ citations, collected over 3 months by 24 environmental researchers, in just a day.

So, check out the below short video showing the visualisation analytics of Futurescaper itself in action, and a report and executive brief that build on the analysis done from Futurescaper by this particular team of analysts (which also cover the methodology in a bit more detail).

It was a full house, and a few people had plenty to say about the demo:

All in all a great evening, and if that inspired any thoughts let us know!