The SFARI Wiki offers the ability for live collaboration so as to provide an up-to-date, searchable reference about concepts in autism research. The SFARI Wiki was set up with MoinMoin, a Python WikiEngine, allowing for authorized users to create and edit wiki pages via their web browser. Researchers and collaborators can create pages that include text, images, links, and various media. Wiki pages are searchable within SFARI.org, making them accessible to the community and public alike. Revisions of wiki pages are stored letting users go back to view the data transformation over time.
SFARI.org needed to provide a virtual members' community for users to post questions, discuss areas of research between disciplines and share research before publication. Forums were implemented using Vanilla for its customization and email subscription abilities. Members can subscribe to "My Discussions", "My Bookmarks", "My Comments" and receive notifications when a comment or reply has been posted. Restricting access to only SFARI.org members was one more feature allowing cross-discipline discussions to further research.
The Foundation wished to develop a method for invited guest commentators and their staff to be involved in the discussion. Six Feet Up implemented plone.app.discussion and ReCaptcha to enable commenting on news and blog articles while limiting the potential for spamming. This feature also lets the public be involved in the discussion of developing research where insight into a topic is open and free flowing.
In order to keep the most up-to-date information on autism research available on SFARI.org, a method was developed using paper types in Plone and cron jobs to pull daily articles and publications from PubMed, an online citation source for biomedical literature. Every night, the newest articles regarding autism (and any other topic SFARI.org wishes to provide) are pulled from the PubMed database and formatted into a template designed for the foundation. Administrators can look through the articles pulled on a daily basis and publish those they feel are critical to research.