WOW! This project by Google is extremely interesting and versatile. A colleague of mine has discovered it while studying some solution for a bioinformatics problem he’s facing. This kind of tool will be extremely important for data normalization in biological datasets…
Discover more on the project home page: Google Refine, a power tool for working with messy data (formerly Freebase Gridworks) →
“An inherent principle of publication is that others should be able to replicate and build upon the authors’ published claims. Therefore, a ondition of publication in a Nature journal is that authors are required to make materials, data and associated protocols available to readers promptly on request.”
— Nature, Availability of data and materials
OpenSource.com Magazine last June 12nd published an interesting (and promising) article on Nature Methods, one of the most respected scientific publications in the world, shifting with decision to an ‘open science’ model for its articles approval process…
OpenSource magazine (formerly an only RedHat-news driven mangazine) interviews Arfon Smith, taking the occasion to introduce to scientists of all aver the world, and working in a non strictly computer science related fields, to the popular, powerful and awesomeness-engine provided by GitHub, it’s community and philosophy…
We’ve finally published the website regarding this year’s AllBio conference, entitled:
Broadening the Bioinformatics Infrastructure to Unicellular, Animal, and Plant Science
To know more, and register (for free!) please point your browsers to:
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
I’ve discovered ORCID some days ago, reading the always interesting Better Posters weblog with the post Identifying poster authors: conference organizers, ask for ORCIDs!.
In the article an interesting example of scientific authorship homonymy was put in evidence, making me think about how in scientific publications there’s a general and accepted publication identification (via PubMed or similar codes) and the lack of Author’s secure, unique, individual identification.
So, while I’m still a technical person who doesn’t get involved too often in actual publication – but works behind the set – I’ve made an Orcid for me, and I’m spreading the word about it.
Please do the same.
And now a last word on Orcid. Probably the system would be better accepted if each of us can upload an actual picture of ourselves, and be facilitated in publication’s ownership via a tools which queries externals publications databases. Also giving the possibility to add two – or more – websites and ‘social’ profiles (ie. Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing ones) would be a nice plus IMHO…
Bad Poster Bingo
A “game” to play at your next scientific (or schoolar) conference. If you win ALL the times then point your browser to Better Posters to get some insightful tips & tricks on the art of visual communication…