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The VLab is comprised of two main components:
The Virtual Laboratory (VLab) is a service and IT framework, being built out by OST and lead by MDL/DAB, which enables NWS employees
and their partners to share ideas, collaborate, engage in software development, and conduct applied research. The VLab will enable
the NWS to:
The VLab operates under the following set of guiding principles:
The VLab is built upon a set of 5 foundational capabilities (Figure 1) which are conceived to promote innovation across NWS
through communication, collaboration, and the application of the skills and expertise of NWS employees. The first phase of
the VLab promotes science sharing within the NWS and provides an Innovation Collaboration Framework which provides support
and services to facilitate the transition of innovation projects to NWS operational systems. The second phase of the VLab
will provide the other three foundational capabilities; 1) subject matter experts cadre, 2) adjunct science and software
development team, and innovation project database.
The VLCS is built upon an open source Java portal framework. The VLCS enables NWS users to share and contribute science and participate in dynamic communities. The VLCS provides tools for collaborating such as document libraries, WIKI's, message boards, blogs, announcements, dynamic forms with workflow, content management system (CMS), and a robust roles and permissions framework. The VLCS is also the gateway to the VLDS. The VLDS provides projects with web based services to manage their projects through issue tracking, source control, code review, and continuous integration.
In the future the VLCS will include portlets that will allow users to "Share their projects" and "Share their expertise". This sharing will increase visibility and transparency of projects and users' expertise promoting collaboration.
VLab Demonstration Recordings:
The VLab hosts a monthly forum to discuss topics relevant to collaboration and the development and conduct of applied research. To learn more about the forum and view past presentations, visit the VLab Forum Page.