Lies, damned lies and download counts

Lies, damned lies and download counts

Shirley Wu posted on Friendfeed earlier about some of the things she’d overheard people saying about PLoS ONE papers. PLoS ONE Manging Ed Peter Binfield weighed in early to point out that the best way of combating misconceptions about the journal is to push out positive info and mentioned the journal’s article-level metrics program.  Read more

Welcome to the Streamosphere

Welcome to the Streamosphere

Web publishing as a discipline has few tenets but I think release early, release often and don’t be afraid to fail are pretty sound. That was the philosophy behind Connotea when Timo and Ben Lund launched it in 2004 and it’s the spirit in which I’ve just put up an early version of Streamosphere.  Read more

Wolfram|Alpha has potential, but I can’t see scientists using it for a while yet

Wolfram|Alpha has potential, but I can’t see scientists using it for a while yet

Wolfram|Alpha should have launched officially by the time you read this, though it has been live since Friday evening. The execution is slick. The different result visualizations are a great idea. It’s loaded up with cool widgets and APIs. Most of the time the servers don’t fall over (despite some glaring security holes). To quote FriendFeeder Iddo Friedberg it’s “a free, somewhat simple interface to Mathematica”. Free for personal, non-commercial use, anyway. If you’ve got any questions about the GDP of Singapore then wolframalpha.com is the place to go.  Read more