In order to move forward with sustainable community development and climate action, studies have shown that we need trans-disciplinary research collaboration (Bradford 2003; Dale 2001; Dale et al., 2012). CoLabS makes it easy to create scalable research networks that each community can customize for its collaboration needs. CoLabS complements face to face meetings with virtual meeting rooms, equipped with video calling, messaging, and shared files. While your community has the privacy of a virtual meeting room, CoLabS also hosts a public library and a space for sharing case studies, videos, and any other useful resources. We envision a network of connected hubs across Canada, for communities to easily work together and with one another to push emerging sustainability initiatives forward.
CoLabS gives you and your group a private space equipped with the multiple tools for virtual collaboration. The virtual meeting rooms include a number of features for your group or community - video calls and conference calling; the opportunity to create a private library of files and resources, and a capacity to take notes and to have chats. The virtual meeting rooms allow your group to host video calls and conference calls. Video calls take place within your browser window, there is no need to download any app or software; simply meet online. Upload files and resources to a private library using a file sharing tool. Use the note taking and chat features to keep track of meeting notes and messages between your group. All tools are meant to be used simultaneously within the same browser, to streamline the collaboration process. If you have any documents you wish to share, we encourage contributions to the public library.