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Archives for April, 2009

The Tropical Disease Initiative has released a “kernel” for open source drug discovery. It’s been published in both Nature Biotechnology (ugh, subscription required) and in PLoS Neglected and Tropical Diseases (yay, open access fulltext under CC-BY). I am not steeped enough in the reality of drug discovery to make believable statements about how much this…

Modularity and scalability

Michael Nielsen gets it right, again. This is what I’m on about when I talk about ontologies and object-orientation of knowledge. In science, the code is the knowledge. Unlike computer programming, the code is locked up PDF and XML formats, and behind firewalls and copyrights (at least in code you could write your own if…

After Science Commons hit the reddit heights earlier this year, I started talking to Alexis Ohanion about how we could start to work together. We are still scheming. But in the interim, he’s launched a cool and inventive way to raise a little cash for Science Commons. In the goal of creating the ultimate meme-launching…

I don’t like getting into blog back and forths, but this post from the Information Research folks really deserves a reply of its own. I believe this is an honest piece of confusion, and it’s likely the result of FUD from the traditional publishing community. I invite the Information Research folks to contact me if…

JoVE goes closed access

Big FriendFeed chatter on the interwebs yesterday about JoVE “moving” to a closed access model. This is being covered extensively on the FF conversation so I won’t dredge through the points there – if you want to see the arguing and JoVE responses, head over there. What’s interesting for me is the lack of conversation…

No, this is not an April Fool’s post. I found the argument about mexican lemons at Derek Lowe’s In the Pipeline (if you’ve not got it on your RSS aggregator, get thee behind me) and thought it was a better way to celebrate the day of fools than by doing something fake like “I’m going…