online resource - Do Academics use networking websites such as LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Academia.edu?

If they do use networking websites what is the typical use case (e.g., stay in touch with other academics, prospective students, find out what is the latest research development in their field) If they do not use the networking websites what is the main reason (e.g., websites do not offer desired functionality, not interested in online professional networking)...Read more

Examples of research resources for which Wikipedia is known as being amongst top referrers?

Wikimedia sites – and Wikipedias in particular – direct a lot of traffic to many web resources, including research-related ones. Click stream data is not recorded on the Wikimedia end, so the alternative approach to finding out how important Wikimedia sites are in terms of traffic to research resources is analyzing the latter's referral logs. One such analysis that was made public is from CrossRef. I am looking for other cases where such analyses have been made public. Interesting questions to ask about such datasets:Is wikipedia.or...Read more

online resource - How can we find out who was nominated for Nobel Prizes?

While the Nobel laureates are announced each year, are there any online resources that list who was nominated?In particular, I am asking the Academic side of Nobel prizes, especially in Chemistry, Economics, Literature, Physics, or Physiology-Medicine. For example, Wikipedia says that Kazuhiko Nishijima (西島 和彦) was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1960 and 1961, but it is not clear where can we find the official/secondary information about other "short-list" nominees....Read more

online resource - List of open problems: pros and cons of making it public

Context: I am currently a 4th-year PhD student in Computer Science (Theory), expected to graduate next year (gosh, this went by quickly). Since I end up finding more questions I'd be interested in solving that time or brainpower to actually solve them all, I am maintaining and keeping for myself a list of cute, elegant, or interesting (IMO) research problems I'd like to solve at some point, or see solved. (Preferably, the former.)I have mentioned a few of these questions to friends or during open problem sessions in workshops, and currently a (...Read more

plos one - How to reference/link to an online code repository, whose location may change in the future

We are about to publish a paper in PLOS One Computational Biology about an algorithm that we developed. The code will be open-source on GitLab and we want include some obvious way of finding it.It is suggested here that one should include the link to the code repository directly in the article (ideally the abstract). I think this makes a lot of sense.However, I am a bit hesitant, because the location of the code might change in the future.Are there any good ways to work around this? (such as e.g. redirection service, where I could update the UR...Read more

online resource - Where to find the most valid databases about the ranking of countries in research and scientific production?

Where to find the rankings of countries in research and scientific production?For example, how can I find out the ranking of a particular country in the number of scholarly essays? What are the most credited websites for such data?I need such data because I am doing a research on the rate of scientific production of a particular country....Read more

Online venues that promote networking among scholars -- alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate

Are there alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate if one is searching for a venue that promotes "informal" (*) cooperation and networking among scholars (specifically, in mathematics and science)?(*) As far as I know, the aim of two sites mentioned above is mostly sharing papers rather than opinions, insights, and interesting material of various sorts related to research. I would like this alternative site to be more informal: a scholarly social network rather a mere preprints repository....Read more

online resource - Starting a lab wiki

I've recently joined a new lab; an experimental physics group of ~30 people, consisting of postdocs and PhDs and a few PI's. All of these people are using/sharing/rotating between a number of setups, machines, fabrication techniques, and so on. From what I've gathered the way information about these things is exchanged is mostly horizontal; the new PhDs learn from those who have already been there for a while, and they themselves learned from those who have already been gone for a few years. In my opinion, this way of learning leads to a lot of...Read more

online resource - How can I show which data I'm using in my paper?

I've just started reading papers about speech recognition and algorithms on medium sized graphs (~800,000 nodes and 4,400,000 edges with some connected text data). I think a problem of these papers is quite often, that it is difficult to check the experimental results. It is difficult to check them because of two reasons:The source code that was used to generate the results is not (publicly) availableThe data is either not at all available or it is not clear which version of the data was usedWhen I start writing papers, I would like to make it ...Read more

online resource - Are TED presentations academically credible?

Many people, including myself, are fascinated by TED speakers. They provide us a new perspective. For example, see the TED talk The best stats you've ever seen by Hans Rosling.However, when I talked about this to an anthropologist, he said that the statistics in this TED talk are unverifiable. He suggested that the speaker doesn't give us his sources, so therefore the talk is no longer a scientific talk. As a result, he suggested, real scientists are clever enough to stay away from these presentations.Do TED talks have the necessary rigor and f...Read more

What resources are available for clarifying academic and scientific terminology?

I have found that wikipedia is not a coherent, exhaustive, or detailed reference. I would like to find a similar resource that explains academic/scientific terms and methodologies clearly, briefly, and in a detailed manner. Ideally, this resource would be freely available on the Internet and provide descriptions that clarify these sorts of terms e.g: theory, theorem, hypothesis, assumption, conjecture, lemma, corollary, law, rule, principle, etc....Read more

What's the best way to share my presentation slides online?

I'm thinking of posting slides from some of my technical presentations online. One option I've used in the past is just posting the PDFs. But I've seen some sites that offer nice interfaces for others to view and share your slides without downloading them, such asSpeakerDeckSlidesharePresent.meI am primarily interested in advertising my research to other researchers who might be interested in using it or collaborating.Which site should I use, and why? Or are raw PDFs the way to go?In case it matters, I'm a computational mathematician and my ...Read more

online resource - Website management for group seminar

I am planning to start running a group seminar, with talks scheduled regularly, at my institute.The seminars might be of interest for people in neighbouring areas, too, so I would like to have an "archive" website with all the abstracts and a calendar of the upcoming seminars, and of course I'd like to send out e-mail notifications (and optionally also a RSS feed/calendar widget for the more tech-savvy users).Is there any software or service that can help me automate some of this setup? I thought of opening a blog-type site on some hosting site...Read more

online resource - Good practices with lab wikis?

OpenWetWare and Google Sites have been effective strategies in curating lab knowledge. I was curious about what are effective ways to create an effective wiki. Factors include:Ease of use and low learning curveSpeed of sharing and diversity of shared filesPrivacy and protection from sabotageOrganizational flowLegally sharing papers/manuscripts...Read more