More science social networking

I finally got around to experimenting with the NPG’s latest, Scintilla – not to be confused with the source code editor of the same name. It’s an impressive piece of work. I’m as yet undecided as to the best way to use it: invest a lot of effort to make it my “primary aggregator” or just dip in from time to time. Added a few of the usual suspects to my colleagues list and joined the usual groups.

On a related note: Nature Network allows import of your publications using DOI or PubMed UID. Batch import would be nice. Am I right in thinking that there’s a maximum of 10 publications and only the most recent are displayed? I’m not saying that’s a bad idea if so, but it’s not obvious and I didn’t see any documentation.

Finally: Nature Precedings seems to have started well with some excellent contributions. It’s notable that the bioinformatics category contains the most articles. I suspect that this is because (a) bioinformaticians are enlightened people and (b) they tend to have a lot of ideas that can’t find traditional publishing outlets for lack of experimental validation. Suicyte Notes has some thoughts on this topic.

5 thoughts on “More science social networking

  1. Deepak

    So far Scintilla is something I am using primarily as a means of scientific discovery, via the “read” and “recommend” pages. I still think the “read” page, needs some design changes to make it more effective, but thumbs up to the effort. I actually use it every day.

  2. Pedro Beltrao

    It is not very intuitive. It took me a little bit to realize that I can search/rate/recommend papers as well as blog posts. The recommendation part looks very promising but it would take a a lot more to make me switch from GReader.

  3. nsaunders Post author

    I agree – the source discovery process is not at all intuitive and for content aggregation, nothing tops GReader. I’ll probably stick with dipping in for some random content now and again, for the moment.

  4. nsaunders Post author

    You’ve been tagged
    Thanks! But no thanks. This meme is rather too much work (8? 3, maybe). Besides, my blog isn’t about me and there’s a limit to how much personal info I’m comfortable divulging. It’s on the biography page, if anyone really cares.

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