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  • So we're playing around with adding scientific networking to OWW. Scientific networking is like social networking but:
    1. is for scientists
    2. doesn't involve embarrassing pictures of you posted by your degenerate friends (e.g. its professional)
  • We're trying out some software here:, feel free to take a look/sign up but expect it to go down or be changed to something different arbitrarily. Another test:
  • Mailing list for discussing nerdbook - sign up here.

Problems with elgg

List things that should be changed based on your experience playing with the existing software.

  • skills list should make tags that automatically do a search of people that have the same skill... (similar to how facebook lets you look at people with the same interests)

Feature requests

List the things stuff that would be specific to scientists that you wouldn't get out of a place like facebook.

  • Equipment -- list of the equipment i have access to (would be highly useful at an institute level network).
  • Skills -- experimental/scientific expertise (useful at all levels)
  • Papers -- would be nice to interface with connotea or citeulike, so people could share papers.

New name? :)

  • Nerdbook appears taken.
  • appears to be available as of 2007-03-11


  • Jasonk 14:38, 10 March 2007 (EST): To help brainstorm feature requests I think it's worth thinking about what would be useful interacting at (a) the lab level (b) the institution level and (c) worldwide.


  1. I don't know my labmates' opinions of papers that are important in our field.


List things that are ridiculous about how we currently collaborate at the institute level

  1. I have little to no idea what most other MIT student's projects are.
  2. I have little to no idea what most other MIT student's skills are.
  3. I have little to no idea what equipment most other MIT lab's have.
  4. I have a very small network of people to ask stupid questions to.


  1. I don't read nearly enough interesting papers.