The COMMONS Lab research is focused on the development of computational solutions for natural product research. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of tools for the organization, annotation, visualization and interpretation of mass spectrometry data in order to efficiently identify metabolites in complex biological matrices. These results are then used to answer questions in a wide range of research topics spanning from drug discovery to chemical ecology. We are committed to improving knowledge sharing in natural products research and strive to follow the ideals of Open Science. (More details later ...)
The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, including natural materials such as air, water, and a habitable earth. These resources are held in common, not owned privately. Commons can also be understood as natural resources that groups of people (communities, user groups) manage for individual and collective benefit. Characteristically, this involves a variety of informal norms and values (social practice) employed for a governance mechanism. Commons can be also defined as a social practice of governing a resource not by state or market but by a community of users that self-governs the resource through institutions that it creates. Commons in Wikipedia
We found COMMONS to be a well suited acronym for COmputational Mass spectroMetry & Open Natural products reSearch. The commons definition is aligned with our vision of Open Science and our strong interest in exploring new ways to create and share natural products research knowledge.