Open Notebook Series: What is an Open Notebook?

June 22, 2012 | Posted by Anthony in Research |

This is the first in a series of posts by Anthony Salvagno about open notebook science.

Most scientific information is stored in countless journals, recorded in disparate articles produced by scientists from all over the world and across many decades. And in the digital age, this content is easily found all over the web. Journals have adapted to host .pdf versions articles, they host blogs to make the content more approachable, and there are some that are built on open access or have preprint hosting capabilities (also open access).

Despite the digital revolution though, science hasn’t changed. Even though information is right at our fingertips, it is still locked. Locked behind a paywall. Locked behind technical jargon. And locked behind interpretation.

If journals are the masterlock for science, then what’s the combination?

Enter open notebooks. Open notebook science is the practice of making your entire research project available online as it is recorded. This online location is known as an open notebook and is the online analog to the paper notebook most scientists keep in their lab. It is the storage center for project plans, experimental protocols and setups, raw data, and even unfiltered interpretations.

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Innovative Research Awards for Young Investigators

June 20, 2012 | Posted by Piper in Research |

Research awards can provide additional sources of funding to research investigators, and a qualifying credential for future grant proposals.   For young investigators, these awards can provide considerable value-add very early in their careers.

In this post, five organizations with awards for young investigators are highlighted. Some have more substantial financial offerings than others, but all present opportunities for increased credentialing towards future awards. Many of the awards also provide seminar or conference sponsorships at national meetings, providing opportunities for community engagement and networking with peers.

Profiled below are Iota Sigma Pi, American Society for Cell Biology and ONESCO-L’OREAL, which offer awards for young female investigators; and the American Chemical Society, and Materials Research Society, which offer awards to all young investigators.

Iota Sigma Pi

Iota Sigma Pi, the national women’s honors society in chemistry, offers the Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award annually to a woman in chemistry or biochemistry who is not over forty years old at the time of her nomination. The award consists of $500, a certificate, and a waiver of membership dues to Iota Sigma Pi for one year. Previous winners include Cynthia Friend, Jacqueline Barton, and Carolyn Bertozzi.

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Elizabeth’s 10 Startup Lessons (from StartUp Science)

June 15, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Science Exchange News |

Science Exchange Co-Founder & CEO Elizabeth Iorns was one of the speakers during the first day of the StartUp Science conference today.

The mission of StartUp Science is catalyze the formation of teams, projects, and companies focused on positively transforming the infrastructure of modern science, and support the emergence of a new type of “science entrepreneur” […] to build novel solutions to difficult problems and bottlenecks affecting contemporary research. As a relatively new science entrepreneur working on positively transforming the scientific services infrastructure, Elizabeth used the opportunity to share her experience of transitioning from an academic scientist to a startup founder over the last year with a room full of people who are starting out on a similar journey.

Her ’10 Startup Lessons’ were nicely summarized in a series of tweets by Mendeley’s William Gunn (see below).

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Top 10 (Free) Apps for Scientists

June 13, 2012 | Posted by Piper in Research |

This article was originally published here in the Berkeley Science Review.

Like so many other scientists out there, I feel inherently guilty when I am not working. Even that minute waiting for the bus or in line for lunch. I should be reading papers and thinking about science in those precious moments I’m not physically in the lab. When I need my science fix, my iPhone keeps me company. These are the 10 best science-centric apps I have found, keeping me up to date on what papers are coming out, where the public discourse is going, and tickle my general interest in science.

1. Twitter. An app that most of you probably have already, Twitter is a tremendous resource for science. Follow the prolific science tweeters; they will tweet not only their own research and publications, but also general science news, and links to cool article that are either scientific in nature or about science broadly. Top twitter recommendations to follow (besides all the relevant journals in your field): @fiainros, @DrRubidium, @BoraZ, @mbeisen, @GertyZ, @ElizabethIorns, @biochembelle, @rwluddite, @DrJenGunter, @chemjobber.

2. ACS Mobile. The ACS Mobile app automatically pulls up ACS ASAPs. You can set it to whichever ACS journals you you prefer. I personally keep the Journal of the American Chemical Soiety and Inorganic Chemistry on my phone, but the app supports any combination of the dozens of journals they publish. You can add papers to “My ASAPs” and reference them at will, which can be very helpful if you want to browse a couple papers of the speaker for a seminar you are about to attend. Though C&EN has its own free app, Chemical & Engineering News also has a tab in the ACS Mobile app; it’s really not necessary to have both. ACS Mobile also has a great search function, just like their website, so any portion of a citation (e.g. a partial citation from the bottom of a slide) can lead you to the full article. ACS also offers ACS MOTW, an app presenting their “molecule of the week,” along with an index of previous MOTWs.

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Science Exchange Co-Founder Dan Knox featured in NZBusiness magazine

June 5, 2012 | Posted by Team in Company |

Science Exchange Co-Founder, and New Zealander, Dan Knox was featured in a recent issue of NZBusiness magazine (which Dan assures us is ‘the Business Week of New Zealand’).

Dan was asked to share tips and insights with New Zealand startups who are looking to enter the US market. Amongst his insights was:

Dan’s biggest tip for Kiwi tech firms is to work at building relationships. “I can point to a few key pivotal moments that have changed the trajectory of Science Exchange. All of them came about through people we knew here”.

You can read the full article here.

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