FHNW. Digital research journal.
Our solution was part of the COBALT Initiative, which consists of a standard for journaling and a digital platform to streamline the process and increase efficiency. We build an MVP for a digital research journal that can be fed with Research results which can be retrieved and queried.
We first conducted user research to get the sharpest possible insights to define the scope of the solution and the UX and design the look and feel of the Cobalt Initiative platform in a way that provides researchers with a useful tool and a user-friendly and entertaining platform.
The platform provides access to relevant and high-quality data sources allowing users to perform quickly and conveniently literature research and, thus, save plenty of time and effort. Also, when conducting research, researchers always have a professor to whom they report and are part of a group with which they have to share their progress regularly. By enabling all stakeholders to track progress directly in the platform, we eliminated the need for the previously used method for achieving this, which required researchers to spend a lot of time preparing presentations and reports. At the same time, the application also allows researchers to manage access to experimental data and keep confidentiality.