Blogging in the Lab, ChemTools

One of the talks at last weeks conference on Open Repositories in Southampton talked about introducing blogging into the lab and the challenges and opportunities that this provided. The talk was given by Simon Coles and he pointed out ChemTools, where the Southampton chemistry department is experimenting with using blogs as a tool for sharing information about their experiments. Many of the blogs are private, but some are open and show that Blags can also drive discussion directly related to experiments. Apart from just hosting inter-lab discussions, Simon mentioned in his talk that some investigators use the Blog format to keep up a conversation with their students while working at a distance from them.


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