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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

Crowdsourcing comment categorization, pt 2

Crowdsourcing comment categorization, pt 2

As a reminder, if you haven’t already please do check out ploscomments.appspot.com and categorize some comments. Thanks to Grace we’ve gathered an impressive collection of swag for the one or two lucky contributors selected at random once the experiment is finished (and we remove bogus annotations).  Read more

Best of Nature Network for Monday, July 14: Stockpiling Flu Vaccines, Fair Play in the Blogosphere, and Is a PhD Just a PhD?

Best of Nature Network for Monday, July 14: Stockpiling Flu Vaccines, Fair Play in the Blogosphere, and Is a PhD Just a PhD?

A new blog focusing on alternative careers in science has spurred debate in the Careers Advice by NatureJobs forum about the value of airing concerns and complaints about current work situations. Ian Brooks says that leaving the traditional academic path is not easy, but one should, “direct your anger and mal-contentment towards building the future and career you want.”  … Read more

Best of Nature Network for Monday, June 30: PhDs in the Workforce, Choosing a Graduate Program, and the End of Scientific Modeling?

Best of Nature Network for Monday, June 30: PhDs in the Workforce,  Choosing a Graduate Program, and the End of Scientific Modeling?

In the Science in Brisbane forum, William Burns brings up a recent report that states Australia has fewer PhDs in the workforce than other countries. The report recommends that Australia seek to increase the number of doctorate level employees in the workforce. Burns wonders whether that recommendation is worthwhile, “Aren’t we (us lot with PhDs) an impractical, overly-analytical bunch?” While the response to the posting is split, Jon Moulton suggests that, “Without Ph.D.s in the workforce, who will design those new tools the academic Ph.D.s like to use in their research?”  … Read more