Archive for the ‘Science 2.0’ Category

I made a big fuss earlier this summer about SPIRES supporting RSS feeds, but I hadn’t realizied until now that now the arXiv also has its own subject-area feeds. I have no clue when this happened, but the update isn’t listed on their `what’s new‘ page. They don’t provide cute little RSS icons to click […]

Previous posts: Web 2.0 Science, Rise of the Wiki: Part I, Part II. Note: this post is rather long. In my previous posts (see above), I introduced wikis and an application for postgraduate physics education. The current `killer-app’ is the String Theory Wiki, which is far more up-to-date than the SPIRES HEP Reviews (though a […]

Today I just discovered that SPIRES (Durham mirror) supports RSS feeds. Fig 1. Now I’ll be the first to know when Einstein publishes a new paper. already offers an arXiv feed, though I’ve found that it doesn’t always catch every new paper. What’s great about SPIRES is that the RSS feed the output of […]

Yesterday I discovered a neat little website with some potential for science communication. ScribLink is a `virtual whiteboard.’ It combines a rudimentary drawing program with a chat room and some `Web-2.0′ features. Fig 1. Screen shot using ScribLink, featuring a graph in a previous post. Ok, so it’s a glorified MS-Paint. If you want you […]

In Part I: What, Me Wiki? I briefly introduced wikis as a different way of interacting with information on the web. In this second post, I’d like to connect those ideas to the `chores’ associated with science. In particular, I’ll speculate about applications to postgraduate reserach education. Fig 1. Wikis can contribute more than just […]

While blogs are great for journalism and outreach, I do not think their present form will significantly change the way we do science. The future, my friends, is in wikis. Fig 1. “Wikipedian Protester” by R. Munroe. Adapted with permission¬†from xkcd comics.¬†¬† In this n-part sub-series of my “Web 2.0 Science” posts, I will discuss […]

Web 2.0 Science


I’m hoping to kick of a series of posts on the coming role of the Web 2.0 in science. I’ve been planning this for some time, but you know how it is when you’re busy. What is the Web 2.0? Fig 1. Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0, an analogy with Johnny Five (Short Circuit) and […]

Are video iPods the next ‘killer app’ for research? Webcasts as a tool for physics outreach, grad research, and career opportunities. Like many Americans of my generation, I grew up watching television*. Eventually I went to college where I was largely without a television — and thank goodness or else my brain would have been […]