Making Science Greater

A new laboratory in ViCOSrginia, the Center for Open Science, is (according to its website) “dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices to improve the accumulation and application of knowledge. Operating with a technology start-up atmosphere and mindset, the COS team moves quickly, identifies problems and creates solutions, encourages risk-taking, blends science and technology, and is collaborative, high energy, and dedicated to openness.”

The Center has already launched a signature project—the Open Science Framework, allowing scientists to store and share all aspects of their work.

A news story at notes: “failed experiments, the minutiae of methods, the genesis of ideas… these are often omitted from published papers or left to languish in personal file drawers. That creates strong biases in the literature, and makes it harder for people to check and reproduce each other’s work.”

It adds that the Center is “less about doing great science than about making science greater. It will try to foster a new approach to research that will produce more reliable results.”


60 Great Visualizations of 2012


via (hat tip Leslie Yuan)

2012 has been a great year for all kinds of data visualizations. Data owners are realizing that the best way to communicate the insights buried in their data is by visualizing it. This means there have been tons of great static infographics, motion graphics, and interactive visualizations created this year. Here’s a roundup of some of the best.

Is outsourcing experiments “the future of research”?

Palo Alto-based Science Exchange, which bills itself as “an online marketplace for science experiments”, thinks so.

According to their website: “Our goal is to make it easier for researchers to access core resources across institutions. Our first product, brings together research scientists looking to outsource experiments with other scientists at core facilities of major research universities who have the capacity to conduct the experiments. By dealing with all the paying/billing administration, quality assurance and dispute resolution, makes outsourcing experiments easy.”

Social Networking for Scientists

Yesterday NPR featured a story on, an online networking tool for scientists that boasts more than 900,000 members from 192 countries. The site currently has approximately 50,000 unique visitors per month.

From ResearchGATE is the leading social network for scientists. It offers tools and applications for researchers to interact and collaborate. ResearchGate offers a Science 2.0 platform designed for researchers. The platform provides a global scientific web-based environment in which scientists can interact, exchange knowledge and collaborate with researchers of different fields.

The results of ResearchGate’s new search engine, called ReFind, are not merely based on keywords, but selected in an “intelligent” way based on semantic, contextual correlations.

Check it out or listen to the NPR story.