One of the major outcomes of the IMFAR ASDtech SIG is the Map of Expertise, built by the wonderful Katharina Spiel at Vienna University of Technology. Shortly after its development, Sue Fletcher-Watson was approached by Prometheus Research who have taken Katta’s initial work and created a more complex version of the map which is now available here:
You now each have a personal profile linked to the map which you can go in and edit as you see fit. Ideally, we’d like each individual profile to be associated with a relevant website (e.g. your lab group, ResearchGate page, or twitter profile) and group name. This will allow people browsing the map to find out more about your work and, if they want to, get in touch. To update your profile – which is currently based on information you shared with us at the 2014 or 2015 SIG meeting at IMFAR – click on the link below. Your email address (the one receiving this email) is already associated with your profile. So just type that in and then select? Forgot your passphrase?. You’ll then be able to select your own passphrase, and enter the backend of the site in order to update your details (remove them all together if you wish):
Please take a moment to explore the map and share it with your networks. We believe you will find it to be a beneficial tool which allows you to explore autism & technology research across the globe, and search using filters such as technology type, academic discipline, or age-group of participants. The map is designed to help people find collaborative partners but could also be used to scope out research activity – for example checking out what projects are already underway before you design a new study, so you can make sure you’re doing something new and different (or link with a group working in a related area). You can also export basic stats summaries which show – for example – how many people in autism and technology are working with a particular age-group or diagnostic category. We are sure you’ll also think of other uses and would love to hear about them!
We realize that you all have a lot on your plates and this map might seem like an optional extra. However, this tool supports what we believe to be a strong consensus in the community that good research in autism and technology requires interdisciplinary collaboration. The point of the map is to act as a tool to facilitate such collaborations and this means keeping your profile up to date, and sharing the map with others. So please help out by logging in, updating, and sharing and encouraging others to do the same.
with thanks to Sue Fletcher-Watson