Product: Web Platform (Responsive)

Client: AAAS (American Association of Science) Inc, Washington DC, USA

Introduction is a  LinkedIn like professional networking platform built for the responsive web across all devices. It is a community for scientists to discuss, connect and collaborate for purposes of facilitating enhanced research productivity. A cutting-edge, web 2.0 platform built on a scalable and distributed architecture to support heavy traffic. It uses the latest and most complex of social API’s, search algorithms, synchronization frameworks and integration methodologies.
AAAS ( is the largest scientific journal society in the world. 
Atlogys was hired by AAAS to single-handedly and dedicatedly manage (from scratch) the end-to-end software development and deployment of its latest web-based professional networking platform –


  • trellis user connections
  • trellis discussion page
  • trellis group library
  • email preferences
  • trellis about page
  • trellis all group library


  • Pull scientific Profile data from Lin, Orchid
  • Graphs for My Connections and Followers
  • Discussion Module – commenting, threading, voting, sorting
  • Group and Group hierarchies with various visibility / privacy settings
  • Events including calendar view & recurring events
  • Upload and automatically pulling metadata for DOI docs
  • Publishing to groups, starting discussions, etc.
  • Online Document viewer with Annotations and commenting
  • Various types of personalized notifications
  • On platform notifications with aggregation
  • Email notifications – including email settings, and daily/weekly digest options
  • Newsfeed – both user and group level activities on the platform that the user might be interested in
  • Advanced Searching with various filters and privacy rules
  • Automatic Recommendation module
  • Suggests papers, connections on basis of likes and browsing behaviour
  • Google Doc style real-time Document Collaboration
  • CrossRef & PubMed API sync

Technical Challenges Overcome

Group Hierarchies – Trellis has the concept of public/private and open/closed groups. Add to that the complexity of child/parent relationships, which leads to various combinations of visibility/privacy that needs to be honored throughout the system. We built a custom ACL/permissions/visibility layer responsible for ensuring correct visibility/permissions & settings throughout the platform to tackle this.


  • Launched as in closed beta in 2015
  • Grown to over 150,000 users across USA and Europe
  • To be launched to 6M (million) scientific community in the world by Q1 2018.