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By constructing e-Science projects, we have explored that the creation of a collaborative research platform, is in great demand. This paper explores the requirements and approaches to build a collaborative research platform named Duckling for e-Science projects. Our case study is the e-Science project in joint research center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Qinghai Lake National Nature Reserve, where many scientists from different areas and various backgrounds form virtual teams to study migratory bird protection and avian flu problems. This paper studies collaborative characteristics and requirements of virtual scientific communities. It introduces the framework of Duckling and applies it to the Qinghai Lake case, which helps to construct a real-time collaborative environment for scientists and promotes e-Science activities.
Date of Conference: 15-18 Dec. 2010