User:Anthony Salvagno/Notebook/Research/2011/04/07/Cyberinfrastructureandwebtoolsfordatacuration Day

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Ok you got me, that's not the real name, but it is a retarded name that may/may not mean something. Anyways UNM is doing a special day dedicated to current gen and next gen technologies that provide outlets for data. I'm not really sure what they have in store, but it should be interesting nonetheless.

I will make a poster in hopes that it gets selected for presentation. And this page is where I will be leaving my notes.

Poster Planning

I want this poster to present the numerous ways that students can present their data to the world with today's technologies. I would like to highlight all of the features that the lab uses to get our stuff out there, and talk about things that we would like to see in the future.

Title and Abstract

"Using Current Generation Technology for Data Curation, Publication, and Promotion"


Scientific research has typically been hidden until a researcher publishes his data in a journal. In today's interconnected world, scientists can publish in nearly real time in a variety of means using a slew of differing technologies. The open access principle has snowballed it's way into many labs, providing a new found accessibility to students, principle investigators, and even media outlets that could not have been possible with previous standards. Google's mainstream domination has pushed a thirst for information and knowledge that current and future scientists have ingested and regurgitated. This poster will highlight some of the most popular Web 2.0/Science 2.0 technologies and how they can be used to provide information to the masses.

What we use

  • OpenWetWare - a hub of lab information, used for publication of daily notes, dissertations, publication planning, writing and review, sharing unpublished, raw, or refined data, and can act as a compiler for many Web 2.0 techs (ie can have youtube and slideshare on same page). Provides lab great web presence and can be used to host class websites. Wiki format (based on mediawiki) allows for easy editing and sharing for any and all lab members/people
  • YouTube - awesome infinite storage of videos. grows daily. large community. lab posts videos of experiments and results all the time.
  • BenchFly - more refined video warehouse. designed to be used for labs with the intent to share protocols, procedures, experiments, etc. CEO is very accessible and open to making site a better hub for scientists.
  • Friendfeed - like facebook but more focused and better. Can create rooms for discussion. Easy to share information by pasting links, videos, blog posts. Perfect tool for promotion, brainstorming, etc. Sometimes used for notetaking because of the ability to jot thoughts in real time.
  • Facebook? - essentially an uncontrollable friendfeed. Can be good for promotion, but more likely too chaotic for anything useful.
  • SlideShare - indispensable for posting .ppt presentations and .pdf's (and maybe other formats like .doc's). I used this to post my practice talk for my PhD candidacy proposal for critical feedback. Also post talks and files that normally would be lost in your hard drive.
  • Figshare - publication of unpublished data just got easy. Also useful to publish raw data, or just a figure from a project that went nowhere but may be useful.
  • PlOS - open access publication system. Gaining in steam and could rival Nature and Science very soon. Turning the tables on the idea of high impact publishing. Open to all readers, can comment on papers, and can work as a flexible platform for future ideas.
  • Android OS, iphone, ipad (we don't really use these last two but they could be handy) - the smartphone revolution hasn't been excluded from data collection/sharing. Tons of apps designed with the mass market can be handy for scientific purposes as well. Also the ability to have internet access in your pocket is invaluable. Can take a picture of a tool, procedure, result and upload instantly. Can post to facebook to promote your new result. Can write a blog post about the latest lab happenings. Doing this anywhere without being tethered to a desk has more uses than can be thought of.
  • Evernote - notetaking app, like openwetware, but more a tool then it is a platform. Insert pictures or jot ideas. Fully searchable (even words in pictures). Can make notes open and share/embed. Phone/desktop app available.
  • DropBox - online storage system. Can make collaboration folders to share files between more than one person. Access files anywhere either online, on phone, or on any computer with desktop app. Also can decide whether to make open or private.
  • Blogger/Wordpress - great for promotional purposes. Promote your lab, your research, share your knowledge, spitball in the open, share pictures, provide a hub for all your online information. Very easy to use and both are growing daily.
  • Google Docs and Google Apps - one of the best collaborative office suites on the internet. Mostly same capabilities as MS Office, but with far greater sharing and publishing power. Can keep files private or open, can determine who can edit, can embed/share. Free!
  • Twitter (sometimes) - mostly useless.
  • - create a web presence with no understanding of html/css/xml/java needed. Perfect for use as a hub of all your frequent online doings (blogs, tweets, youtube videos)
  • Regular Old HTML - if you know how to code in HTML then why not make a page yourself to put something out there?
  • UNM Library Services (is there a name for this?) - don't know much about this, would need Koch or Andy to comment
  • Barcode Scanner - can scan barcodes. I used this to prototype a barcode system for organization. Create QR codes and stick them on things. Later scan then with phone using this app and get the information as to what it is and if there is a web site for it.
  • Picasa and Flikr - photo hosting sites. both free in different ways. can embed photos and slideshows on most websites, very well known tools with public/private options.

Poster Organization

I'm thinking of splitting the poster into sections. Possibly something like web technology, physical tools, and something else. Or maybe define the categories as promotional (ie blogger, flavors, etc), publications (OWW, PloS), data (OWW, Google Docs, server). Something else?

Poster v2.0


  • Youtube
  • BenchFly
  • JOVE
  • Dropbox

Figures and Images

  • FigShare
  • Picasa
  • Flikr
  • Slideshare
  • Dropbox


  • Google Docs
  • Blogger
  • PLOS
  • Slideshare
  • Evernote


  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • FriendFeed
  • Google Docs


  • Android/iPhone
  • Tablet PC/iPad


  • Barcode Scanner (Android)
  • Egg Timer Apps
  • Level Apps
  • Other - most web technologies have apps that interface with their software