Science Commons got picked up on reddit this week. It was surreal – we hit the top of the charts for about 24 hours, got way more web traffic than usual, and the SC/Dylan video got almost 4000 views. Wacky.
And now our logo’s embedded on the reddit logo on the home page.
This is neat. We’ve spent years toiling away at Science Commons and save one or two articles, mainly which tend to focus on me personally, we don’t get a lot of attention. I was surprised and gratified to see this happen, organically, from a lot of folks who I wouldn’t have expected to give a hoot about us.
I’ll address a couple of things that came up in the comments at reddit. First, we don’t publish the articles ourselves, so if you’re expecting to find the literature at our site, you’ll be disappointed. You can find open science content from publishers who use open licenses via the Directory of Open Access Journals (the ones with the SPARC Europe seal use CC Attribution). Second, we do a lot more than just articles. Access to the lab materials is a huge problem – that’s our materials transfer project. And data integration is a big issue, both legally and technically.
But welcome to the team, folks. We’re glad you stopped by, and we hope you stick around. Science matters. If we’re going to claw our way out of the holes we’ve dug, science is going to be a big part of the clawing. Seeing the power of the crowd pay even a little attention to this kind of work gives me hope.
And on a cold, grey day in the dead of winter, in the middle of a nasty global economic downturn…hope’s a pretty good thing to have. Thanks.