SciVee - An excellent concept and should be “required” in science publication


The National Science Foundation, Public Library of Science and the San Diego Supercomputing Center have partnered to set up what can best be described as a “YouTube for scientists”; its called SciVee.

Scientists can upload their research papers, accompanied by a video where they describe the work in the form of a short lecture, accompanied by a presentation.

SciVee’s creators hope that that the appeal of a video or audio explanation of paper will make it easier for others to more quickly grasp the concepts of a paper and make it more digestible both to colleagues and to the general public.”

I think this should be in the same category of LaTex which allowed equations to be printed in electronic format. I wouldn’t even mind if the author of the paper described all the computations in the lecture.

The presentation will allow the author to offer his views on the bigger picture; something that is hard to decipher from the introduction of the paper. This will be such a great resource for the students and the colleges and for scientists working in far flung areas.

I also think that ALL papers should be published as wiki articles and the author could give rights to others in the field to add content to the article. For example, graduate students can add details of the calculations of a particular formulae and others can show corrections or more generalization of the formulae and can even provide additional reasons and guidance and context for the paper.

There is of course and similar attempts, but I would like this to be a collective effort, and be REQUIRED for each paper that is published.

From my academic days, I can tell you that a video describing the paper, wiki style paper with additional info and access to raw data of the papers that I read would have been tremendously welcomed!

This web 2.0 at its finest!

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nTag - push networking and Social Sensor Technology

ntagNetworking is hard! It is not uncommon for people to ‘attend’ a networking event (arrive late, leave early) and when they are at the networking event, they tend to migrate to familiar faces. Thats not what networking is about.

I remember going to a conference a while ago and a stranger asked me for my card. I looked at him with puzzlement because I didn’t know him and we hadn’t even exchanged greetings. He sheepishly told me that his boss had made a condition that he had to come back with 20 business cards from the conference for him to get reimbursed for the conference expenses. He had attended all the talks at the conference but did not have the aptitude for ‘networking.” I started to chat with him about his work and it was clear that he was a very sharp guy - just not very outgoing.

To some networking comes easy, to others, it is a constant struggle.

Enter Social Sensor technology. Using the infrared sensors, nTag is doing something to make the networking task a tad easier with their electronic badge product.

These are excerpts from their website:

Get attendees talking with nTAG’s Greetings features. Using profile information provided at the time of registration, nTAG lets attendees know what they have in common so it’s easier to start conversations. When two attendees meet, their nTAGs compare profile information and suggest topics of mutual interest—professional attributes, hobbies, areas of expertise, personality type, or even home town. This information helps break the ice and provides common ground for starting conversations with new people that could become valuable contacts.

Networking Games
Jumpstart the networking process with nTAG’s fun and interactive games. In the Secret Partner game, you’re assigned a partner and the goal is to locate that partner with the help of the nTAG. During the game, nTAGs provide clues and keep track of who has met whom and when. For example, when you approach another attendee, her nTAG will display a greeting such as, “Hi. I met your Secret Partner.�? This clue prompts you to ask the attendee to introduce you to all the people she met recently, thereby creating lots of person-to-person interaction.

Business Card Exchange
Make sure meeting participants capture complete, accurate contact information. When two participants (two attendees, an attendee and an exhibitor, an attendee and a sponsor, etc.) meet, each nTAG automatically logs the name of the other person and displays it at the top of the nTAG menu. Once the name is logged and displayed, nTAG enables the exchange of contact information with a single click. nTAG’s touch-screen keyboard lets you add notes to the contact information for easier follow-up, or in the case of exhibitors, more accurate lead qualification.

When the meeting is over, attendees receive a link to their personalize myntag web page where they can download contacts or have them e-mailed. No more keeping track of business cards or retyping addresses. For exhibitors, lead information can be automatically sent to sales offices and CRM systems for immediate action and improved follow-up.

Of course, nTag maintains the event schedule and related information, so its always at the fingertip of the attendee.

I can see that this could be useful in certain types of events.


nTag could be the next “Power Point”. Before power point, many had difficulty giving presentation; now with the Power point, it is a lot easier. You get a lot of boring talks and various presentations but at least it is a bit easier for the presenter.

nTag, founded in 2002, by Rick Borovoy (an ex-MIT Media Lab PhD) and George Eberstadt, is a wireless badge worn by conference attendees that allows them to communicate with each other as well as the conference organizer. The nTag, uses an infrared sensor to detect other badges when two people communicate with each other.

It seems that it rents for $40 to $100 per conference. There is another competing product called SpotMe; it seems that the pricing of SpotMe is on the higher side of nTag pricing. It is little pricey for sure! Here is a picture of Spotme device.


From the pictures, it seems that SpotMe has a better solution. But at $100+ for a conference use, the market is probably limited.

In my view, the device has to be one of those throw away items that people can take home with them before it takes off. I am not concerned, those days will be here soon!

nteractive Corp., a Boston-based provider of real-time event data management solutions, has raised $8.3 million in Series B funding. Return backers include Sevin Rosen Funds and Pilot House Ventures. The company has now raised over $21 million in total VC funding.

Via Alarm:Clock

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Facebook for Dog lovers

Never underestimate the power of a pet.


Doggysnaps is a Facebook for dog lovers. Make a profile for your adorable pooch, with photos and stories of your lovable friend. Your pooch can even friend other pooches and have a social network.


Your dog can receive messages and treats, like a Facebook poke, from other pooches. There is a great search engine that lets you look through all the pooch photos posted on the site.

You can search for your favorite pooch by breed and others tags. For example search “pug�? and “park�? to get all the cutest photos of pugs in parks. See the cutest dog of the week, etc. The only thing missing is “hot or not” button.

The part that I liked was “in the loving memory” section. A great way to keep the memory of a long time companion alive.

This site was founded by the UK charity Dogs Trust, which helps healthy dogs find good homes. There is a link which allows you to make a donation to the charity.

The site already has 20,000+ entries and is growing.

You know that social networking has arrived when you, your friend, his brother and his dog have their own profile, hopefully on different sites!

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Yahoo ups the ante with Smart Ads

Yahoo has been showing “smart ads” to viewers - these are advertisements that change colors or ad copy, depending upon who is viewing the ads. The ad customization will be based upon what Yahoo knows of the surfer from demographic information, and prior search history. Good to see Yahoo one-up Google, for a change.

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