We developed MÍOS with the broad goal of addressing research reproducibility in research endeavors. Our approach was to leverage low-cost sensors and microcontrollers to drastically lower the barriers to collecting large scale data from rodent home cages.
What is reproducibility? Often, researchers in one location perform a study and publish it. Over subsequent months or years, other researchers attempt to replicate the study, and unfortunately are often not successful. Scientific disagreements are not a new phenomenon, in fact they are the basis for most scientific progress. That said, we believe that cloud-based technologies can be used to:
- Generate strongly powered data sets
- Allowing for more rapid understanding of trends in that data
- Saving both time and money
We believe that cloud based systems contain several unique advantages for research data collection. MÍOS is an experimental concept for enabling cloud-based research studies on colony-housed rodents.