There is an interesting read in The Scientist which shows how social networks can help researchers and why it is a great asset in especially the research and academic community.There has been some development of the social networking aspect in academia – case in point would the Collaborative Bookmarking/research publication sites, however there is still a long way to go.
I am fervent supporter of online publications, more clearly Open Access publications.I have reasons, and this video here gives a few points regarding the pros and cons of online publications.I also would like to add a line about the other posts on Vegreville, which are useful for academicians (adding the blog to my blogroll now).
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The talks/presentations that took place at TED were exclusive only to the audience and never seen by anyone else.Recently with the help of BMW TED has released several of its talks and presentations for free both on its site and youtube.They are among the best talks that i’ve ever heard.I strongly recommend that aspiring young thinkers and creative minds should spend some time on these videos. You can know more about TED at their site and blog
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While searching for a research paper i chanced upon this wonderful resource.Although i believe that the name needs to be worked on , this is the one of the interesting applications of Web 2.0 in the academic field. If you are already familiar with community based applications in academia such Citeulike, Connotea then you would definitely love Bioinfo bank library . Now the site says that intends to promote rapid publication of research results by allowing users to post short reports of their work, which i am doubtful that many users will make use of. Releasing data that is yet to be published wouldn’t be an attractive offer.However the most appealing part of the site is the ability to review/comment/discuss research publication.The concept in not new Nature has one such ‘space’ where it allows users to discuss and comment on research papers, if i am right PLOS is also getting something similar going in the PLOS One initiative. However the most appealing point of the Bioinfo bank library is that it does the same for all papers irrespective of the journal they’re published in. It uses the Pubmed API to pull in research articles and allows you to comment and discuss any paper.
It is definitely an interesting initiative by the non-profit research and development organisation BioinfoBank from Poland.