Nature has come up with a News Feature in 1 Dec Issue. It argues that
academia is a marketplace of ideas. But many scientists are reluctant
to embrace the latest web tools that would allow them to communicate
their ideas in new ways.
Nature 438, 548-549 (1 December 2005) | doi:10.1038/438548a
Salient Points are:
--web in its first decade was like a big online library, where they
mainly searched for information.
--Today it is undergoing a subtle but profound shift, dubbed Web 2.0,
to become more of a social web.
--The emerging web is largely being shaped by dynamic interactions
between users in real time.
--Social web complements the existing system of peer-reviewed journals.
--Scientists at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) recently started their own wiki, OpenWetWare, to apply the same
approach to sharing lab protocols and data among biology groups
--Yet even the most web-savvy scientists remain unconvinced that blogs
have any useful role in science.
--once scientists come up with some sort of peer-review mechanism for
blogs that increase their credibility, without diminishing their
spontaneity, blogs will take off.