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Nature Precedings: One Year Later…

Nature Precedings: One Year Later...

Nature Precedings launched back in June 2007 with the support of several partner organizations, including the British Library, the EBI, Science Commons, and the Wellcome Trust. Since then it’s been an exhilarating year. Wired described Nature Precedings as an island of innovation and several editorials in Nature journals throughout the past year have discussed how Nature Precedings can enhance scientific communication (see Community service, Virtual networking for microbiologists, Free market science, and Shared genomes). Over the past year, researchers in a variety of disciplines, including genetics, neuroscience, bioinfomatics, and ecology have posted 475 documents and 180+ comments. Thousands of readers  … Read more

Talk about Citations

Last night the British Library held the first of their Talk Science events. The topic of the evening was ‘Citation in Science – don’t quote me on that’ and it was hosted by Tim Birkhead, is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Sheffield. Back in January Tim wrote a piece for the Times Higher Education suppliment  … Read more

Thinking our way to the future

Thinking our way to the future

Prediction Markets have had an interesting role to play in many areas of business and in some cases have produced interesting results about the markets, not least the predictions. We experimented with Inklinkg for a while to run a very small prediction market amongst web publishing people a few months ago, and we correctly predicted that it was going to snow, but we only got about 5 people using it so it sort of died off quietly. In spite of this there was a strong feeling that this kind of thing could be really interesting for science and so a  … Read more

Where are we, where are we now?

Where are we, where are we now?

When Jeff Jonas came in a few weeks ago to give a talk he stressed the importance of what – where – who – when questions for understanding what is going on within corporations. Science too is generally concerned with figuring things out, and earlier this month Nature ran an editoral pointing out that “Among the basic elements of scientific record-keeping, too often the ‘where?’ gets neglected. Now advances in satellite-positioning technology, online databases and geographical information systems offer opportunities to make good that neglect”, so it was coincidentally very timely that in the same week we had Tom Coates  … Read more

How to spend millions? The iPlant way.

At NPG, as at all forward thinking places, we have more ideas than we can follow through. For Governments funding heavy duty science informatics infrastructure, deciding which projects to support is an especially difficult task. There are various strategies funders use to help them. I recently talked to Richard Jorgensen, director of the new iPlant Collaborative about an interesting approach the NSF is taking to formulate next-generation plant biology informatics infrastructure.  Read more

Display Your Connotea Bookmarks on your Site.

Display Your Connotea Bookmarks on your Site.

We have developed a little piece of javascript so you can now show off your recent Connotea bookmarks on your site! You can check out how to do it here, and you can keep up to date with our updates and new features on the Connotea Blog. Below is a screen shot, and you can see it live (but unstyled, cos I’m old skool like that) my own homepage.  Read more

Barcamb2 announced

Barcamb2 announced

Barcamb 2 has just been announced. This is a bar camp that is hosted by the Sanger institute in Cambridge with a focus on technologies related to science. Last year’s was a blast, and you can read a writeup of that event. The organisers have set up a Meetup Page where you can sign up for the meeting, and a Barcamb Wiki describing the event. If you have a chance to make it you should definitely try to get along.  Read more