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August 23, 2007

SciVee: A YouTube for the Sciences

Thanks to if:book for word about SciVee, which could be a major innovation in science publishing. The National Science Foundation, the Public Library of Science and the San Diego Supercomputing Center have joined forces to launch SciVee, an experimental media sharing platform that allows scientists to synch short video lectures with paper outlines:

"SciVee, created for scientists, by scientists, moves science beyond the printed word and lecture theater taking advantage of the internet as a communication medium where scientists young and old have a place and a voice."

The site is in alpha and has only a handful of community submissions, but it's enough to give a sense of how useful it could become. Video entries can be navigated internally by topic segments, and are accompanied by a link to the full paper, jpegs of figures, tags, a reader rating system and a comment area.

Peer networking functions are supposedly also in the works, although this seems geared solely as a dissemination and access tool for already vetted papers, not a peer-to-peer review forum. It has the potential to grow into a resource not just for research but for teaching and open access curriculum building.

Hop on over to take a look at the pubcast and paper on the structural evolution of the protein kinase.

Posted by Katie Newman at August 23, 2007 10:57 AM