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Science in the web age: Joint efforts

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.

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