Collaboration Between Labs
Collaboration Groups are a special construct in RSpace in which two existing LabGroups create a formal connection and therefore a new hybrid group containing all the members of the original pair. The essential requirement for this to happen is agreement between the two PIs of the LabGroups concerned – the collaboration can only occur as a result of direct PI to PI contact.
Requesting a Collaboration
The mechanism to initiate inter-group collaborations is not immediately apparent in day-to-day group management on the group page, but is done through the messaging system. Requesting a Collaboration is only available to PIs, and is presented as an option in your messaging dialog if you have the PI role. Click the Workspace messaging icon as if creating a normal message, but instead of using the default Basic Message type, click the drop-down arrow and select Create a Collaboration Group. Choose the PI of the group you want to collaborate with as the recipient and submit your message request. If the other PI accepts your request, the new group will be created.
Once created, the new Collaboration Group will appear in the drop-down of options in your group management page ‘Change Group’ button, and will appear in the list of links to groups you belong to in your profile page. In the profile, it will be under a separate header for Collaboration Groups, but it will simply be one of the options in the management page options.
Working in a Collaboration Group
Like working in a LabGroup, sharing within a Collaboration Group is simply a matter of convenient access – either to sharing with all users in the conjoined groups, or to sharing with selected individuals in the collaboration. Once the Collaboration Group has been established, the users it contains can find all other users in the collaboration in the Groups and Users options of the share dialog – ie sharing with some or all of the other users in the new collective group is available as clickable options once you choose to share one or more documents.