From CC-BY to CC-Zero

I’ve never been satisfied with “attribution” part of Creative Commons licenses and obviously I’m not alone in this camp. The main issue is that while CC terms require attribution in the manner required by author, parties resharing the creative work rarely check these requirements. Frequently authors of images posted to Flickr complain that some high profile site used “nickname at flickr” instead of whatever author had asked for. Very recently I’ve had an interesting discussion on the same topic, but…

Going beyond a single scientific journal or scientific community

Image by Rain Rabbit via Flickr I’ve written previously about an utopian idea of having one scientific journal and one scientific community. And while it’s hard to expect this vision comes true anytime soon, surprisingly we are getting closer to it day by day. Sciverse is currently excited about NPG launching new journal called Scientific Reports, which resembles PLoS ONE so much it was already called Nature ONE. One more journal doesn’t sound like a step in good direction, but…

A short note on data dynamics

I’ve just checked that at least 400 proteins inĀ Uniprot had their sequence updated since beginning of this year. It could be more, but I work on a subset of human proteins that consists of ca. 1500 proteins, so probably I see only portion of changes. So, instead of wrapping up the paper, I’m redoing analysis to make sure conclusions in the manuscript are still valid. Given that it happened already second time this year, I sense two areas I might…

Launching a Polish fork of Science 3.0 portal

With the momentum gained after launching an aggregator of Polish science blogs, together with Mark we’ve decided to launch a Polish fork of Science 3.0 portal. It took significantly more work than the aggregator alone, but hopefully it was worth it. My hope is to create a common discussion space for people interested in an online and open science. We lack such space in Polish internet, but it looks like there’re already enough of them to expect a dialog not…

Too many open loops or new type of science?

I guess all online scientists struggle to find a balance between a number of projects they are willing to commit to and a number of projects they are physically able to work on. What used to be the case for high-profile people (visibility increases number of interesting offers coming to you), it’s currently the case for everyone engaged in online conversation. Something interesting appears on the horizon and it’s just a matter of time you jump in and start exploring….

Launching an aggregator of Polish science blogs

Launching an aggregator of Polish science blogs took less than six hours from an idea to the alfa state we have released to the public. It’s available at www.science3point0.com/bloginaukowe. Mark Hahnel, the admin of S3.0 portal, created the site, graphics, layout etc., while I’ve contributed the list of blogs and some translations to Polish. It’s the third language version of science blogs aggregator (after English and German ones). I’m very happy I could help, because I really liked the Mark’s…