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BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

Here’s a new scientific search engine that let’s you choose to search only freely available content: http://base.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/index_english.html. It mostly indexes material published using OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), but it includes some standard websites too. There’s a list of the content providers — which includes a number of publishers.  Read more

The way we present genomic and proteomic data on the web sucks

The way we present genomic and proteomic data on the web sucks

IMHO the way we present genomic and proteomic data on the web sucks. Part of this is down to the fact that our basic visualizations are a bit lame. Not the one-offs you see rendered for the front of magazine covers or science documentaries on TV, the everyday ones you get in journal articles and the big genome browsers. The ones scientists actually use. Pages like this. Seriously, how much of that page is actually useful to any one researcher? Does anybody wonder why people need training courses to use genome browsers? Does it really make full use of the  … Read more

Tony Hey visits Nature

Last week we were extremely lucky to be visited by Tony Hey, VP for Technical Computing at Microsoft. Tony has previously been a physicist, a computer scientist, Dean of Engineering at the University of Southampton, and director of the UK’s e-Science Initiative. He’s one of the most interesting commentators on the impact of information technology on scientific research, a subject close to our hearts. Here are my rough notes from his talk to Nature staff.  Read more

Neuroscience Gateway

Here’s the latest launch from Web Publishing, the Neuroscience Gateway, a free online resource for neuroscientists. The idea is to publish and highlight neuroscience content from Nature and other journals, but also to act as a central hub for all neuroscience and genomics researchers. It follows in the footsteps of the Signaling Gateway and the Cell Migration Gateway, and is a collaboration with the Allen Institute for Brain Research, set up by the philanthropist Paul Allen.  Read more

P2P in science

In response to the ‘computing in science’ post a couple of weeks ago, Anna Winterbottom asked about distributed computing and peer-to-peer networks, and whether we’d be covering them in this blog. I must admit to being pretty ignorant of these areas, especially in their applications to science, so I invited Anna to send me something that I could post. Here it is:  … Read more