Conclusions

We have demonstrated that the WWL architecture can be used for service, collaboration, education, and scientific research. The remote instrumentation supported by the WWL is one component of a collaboratory. Although the Chickscope project was not originally intended as such, we believe in retrospect that this project demonstrated all of the components defined for a working collaboratory. Chickscope provided access to remote instrumentation from the classroom; students had access to distributed expertise; all of the participants actively contributed to and used an image database that is now used by others; and the project served to develop a community composed of students and researchers from a number of different disciplines.

There is an increased interest in developing the technology to support remote instrumentation. In order to improve the acceptance of collaboratories in the general scientific community we need to demonstrate the impact of this technology in the scientific research environment and systematically evaluate their productivity.

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