An amalgamation of Collaboration and Laboratory, conveying the concept of a collective research organization where a high value and focus is placed on the sharing of effort and findings such that the quality and progress of the research is highly optimized and relevant, and every member of the research organization receives benefits greater than their actual investment. A collaborative tool is a technology that enables the structured, free-flowed sharing of knowledge; e.g., groupware.
a computer-supported system that allows scientists to work with each other, facilities, and databases without regard to geographical location
a distributed research, education, and project development center
an open meta-laboratory that spans multiple geographical areas with collaborators interacting via electronic means - "working together apart
Collaboratory, as defined by William Wulf in 1989, is a â€œcenter without walls, in which the nationâ€™s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, [and] accessing information in digital librariesâ€ (Wulf, 1989).