Archive for January 2009
Good post from Cameron Neylon about the lab notebooks of the future: “The traditional paper notebook is to the fully integrated web based lab record as a card index is to Google.”
There is another way to extend our scientific reach, and I believe it can also restore some of what is lost in the process of centralization. It has been called Citizen Science, and it involves the enlistment of large numbers of relatively untrained individuals in the collection of scientific data. To return to our architectural metaphor, if Big Science builds the high-rise yet higher, Citizen Science extends outward the community of villages.