In the era of web 2.0, we have plenty of opportunities of education and communication in either science or medicine. In this special field (often called science 2.0), Nature Publishing Group has become the leading force and I’ve got 10 reasons for that.
- Scintilla: Scintilla collects data from hundreds of news outlets, scientific blogs, journals and databases and then makes it easy for you to organise, share and discover exactly the type of information that you’re interested in. You can rate items and recommend them to any colleagues who’ve also signed up to the site.
- Precedings: Nature Precedings is a place for researchers to share pre-publication research, unpublished manuscripts, presentations, posters, white papers, technical papers, supplementary findings, and other scientific documents. Submissions are screened by professional curation team for relevance and quality, but are not subjected to peer review.
- Nature Network: Nature Network is the online meeting place for scientists to gather, talk and find out about the latest scientific news and events. Science is an international endeavor and deserves a global stage for discussion. Scientists can also benefit from interactions at the local level.
- Connotea: Free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists. Tags make the difference! Connotea can quickly save and organize links to your references, moreover you can follow the new additions to a tag by RSS.
- Nature 2.0: Joanna Scott does a perfect job on Second Nature, the island of Nature Publishing Group in Second Life. Unique speakers, sessions, conferences. We hold our SciFoo lives on sessions on the Second Nature island as well.
- Web feeds: You can follow easily the research, reviews, clinical practice and other NPG journals.
- Podcasts: A podcast is an audio file with which it becomes even more easier to follow the content of a journal. Each week Nature publishes a free audio show in the field of genetics, physics, medicine and many more.. Every show features highlighted content from the week’s edition of Nature.
- Dissect Medicine: Dissect Medicine is a collaborative medical news website, which indexes and ranks international medical news. It spans general interest articles to basic research. Dissect Medicine users submit news items for review with tags and keywords. These are then ranked by the user group. This ensures that only the most relevant, and influential articles will make it as a current headline story.
- OTMI: It aims to enable scholarly publishers, among others, to disclose their full text for indexing and text-mining purposes but without giving it away in a form that is readily human-readable. It provides for a range of structured disclosure options, from word vectors (lists of word occurrences with frequency counts) and the presentation of text ‘snippets’ out of narrative order, to the presentation of full text in ‘raw’ or ‘reduced’ form.
- Blogs: Nature features some great bloggers. Check out Nautilus, Nascent, Spoonful of Medicine or The Seven Stones.
I’m proud to be a member of Nature Group in Second Life. I’m pretty sure Nature will rule the next few years in science 2.0. Maybe, they should make some more steps in order to become the leading force in medicine 2.0 as well, but that’s my problem. Last, but not least, take a look at these interesting posts: