OpenWetWare:Steering committee/Meeting - January 2008

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SC Reports

Brief reports on the month's activity should be written by each chair 2 days before the SC meeting. At the meeting each chair will bring up any open issues that require discussion, but won't need to recount everything described below.



  • Article about OWW in Scientific American -- please comment!
  • TOPAZ (technical platform that underlies PLOS One) is being beta-released, if anyone wants to play around with it let me know.
  • Random, but i've been playing around with video lab notebooks

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  • haven't done an oww-all email yet, bill do we have an easy way to let people unsubscribe from the newly created list. (need to have that option at the bottom of the email).


News and highlights

  • A couple of new updates to the main page this month, including a very cool image from MIT 20.109 as a media spotlight and announcement of Lorrie joining us as MD.
  • re: discussions of whether external links from the OWW main page are OK, note the link to the Scientific American open science article as an example of an external link that seems appropriate for "News and Highlights."
  • The UNM PHYC500 course highlight has been up for several months. Please suggest (or go ahead and post) a lab, class, or group to feature in its place.


  • Suggestion from John to add most recent 5 signups to the main page automatically and to have "say hi" links so that people can write notes on their talk pages.
  • Also, need to put the SC blog straight to front page, john has signed on to keep the blog moving -- though everyone should be comfortable posting something there.


  • Julius B. Lucks 10:54, 10 January 2008 (CST): Just got settled in Berkeley - will do something next month.



  • POWW
  • Pligg
  • Arxiv (although Julius is MIA) --John Cumbers 21:13, 9 January 2008 (CST)
    • Julius B. Lucks 10:54, 10 January 2008 (CST): I'm back.
    • We discussed ArXiv a fair bit and part of the conclusion was that if we set up a system to turn OWW pages into a form that ArXiv would accept then ArXiv is basically doing the job of providing a DOI (as well as some credibility, though that's less for bio then for physics). barry suggested that this something OWW wants to be providing as we start to address more "publishing" issues so might not be worth the cycles setting up something with ArXiv.


  • Lorrie officially hired! She'll be starting full-time at the end of Jan.