Thursday, November 5, 2009

Slides from IPMB

Here are the slides from my workshop at the IPMB conference entitled "Integrating web 2.0 tools into the laboratory environment".

They are posted on my public Dropbox site, which is a free service that I really like. You install the software and designate a folder on your computer as your dropbox folder. Anything put in that folder automatically gets copied to your dropbox account on the web. If you have installed dropbox on another computer, the file will also be copied to that folder on the other computer (if the computer is online). You get 2GB of space for free, if you want more, you can pay ~$100/year to get 50GB. If you refer people, you can get an extra 250 MB added to your account, so if your interested, head to Dropbox using this link and I will get some extra space!.

Another service you can use to put up public files is Yousendit.

Both these services make it easy to send around large files without clogging up peoples email.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Heres a link to the Bomblies lab facebook page.

The page allows them to spread the word about what they are doing to a different audience without having to put lots of people that you don't know as "friends".


Update: and in blatant rip-off style: Here is the Baxter Lab Facebook page


There are a lot of resources for putting together a wiki.

There are a couple of free platforms:
and Plone are very flexible and free. However, it probably requires an IT person to get it set up.

There are also several web-based platforms that anyone can start by just signing up. Most of them will give you a site for free, as long as you keep the whole thing public. If you want to make it private, you have to pay them a fairly small amount of money.



Here are some links for those intersted in incorporating blods into the lab setting:

First here are a few blog platforms:

Here are some interesting examples of people using blogs:
The Redfield lab blogs about their research on an almost daily basis. It's a really interesting example of public science.

The Plant Science Program at UNL uses a blog to keep their front page up to date.

Here are the blogs that I use to keep people up to data on what I am doing:
The Ionomics blog.
The Baxter Lab blog


Litcloud is a new tool for identifying interesting papers based on the actions of researchers browsing RSS feeds of scientific literature. Here is a schematic of the idea:

We have an alpha version of Litcloud here. It's still a work in progress, so please forgive us if there are bugs (and report problems here).

We will be launching a beta version of Litcloud in early December, with the full version going live sometime in early 2010. We have also be put together packages of RSS feeds of scientific journals.

If you would like to receive an email when any of these things happen, Go here and join our email list.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Welcome to Web 2.0 tools for Labs

This is the companion blog for the presentation I am making at the IPMB on
Integrating Web 2.0 tools into the laboratory setting. Follow this blog for links to resources mentioned in the workshop, new tools as they become available, and cool examples of people using web 2.0 tools in the laboratory.