Science Online London 2010: Registration and Wiki

The registration for the Science Online London 2010 is now open!

There are only 95 days left until the conference starts in early September, so hurry up and grab your ticket from our registration website!

We are all very excited and looking forward to seeing you in London at the British Library!

Wiki page

We are organizing an action packed conference and we want your input to help shape the sessions. To this end, we have added a Wiki to the Science Online London website. Please use the Wiki to give us your suggestions and we will be looking at them continuously and integrate as many of them as possible.

For more information please visit the Science Online London 2010 website or directly go to the Wiki page.

And don’t forget to register at our registration website!

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Sponsor the conference:
Potential sponsors should contact Lou Woodley (

General enquiries:
For general enquiries, please contact Sebastian Arcq (

: Follow @soloconf, hashtag #solo10

: Discuss in the Nature Network Forum

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Mendeley co-hosts Science Online London 2010

September 3-4, 2010 — British Library

We are delighted to announce that Nature Publishing Group, Mendeley, and the British Library will host Science Online London 2010 on 3-4 September (Fri/Sat) 2010. The event will take place at the British Library in St Pancras, London.

The event will bring together members of the scientific community who are interested in the use of web technologies for collaboration and communication. Science Online London will this year run over two days, building on the success of two previous one-day events held in 2009 and 2008. The British Library’s spacious facilities, with free wifi, on-site cafes and exhibitions, will also allow for a greater attendance.

Further details of the event will be announced via the official web site. Discussion of sessions, facilities and other matters can be found on the Nature Network forum. Follow the conference on Twitter @soloconf and comment with hashtag #solo10.

Details on how to register will follow shortly. To cover the increased costs of hosting the event, registration will cost £50.

For more information please visit the Science Online 2010 website.

Co-hosted by:

Contact us:

Sponsor the conference:
Potential sponsors should contact Lou Woodley (

General enquiries:
For general enquiries, please contact Sebastian (

: Follow @soloconf, hashtag #solo10

: Discuss in the Nature Network Forum

: Discuss in the Solo10 FriendFeed Room

2collab users can now import their libraries into Mendeley

Some may have already heard the news that 2collab, a product of Elsevier, is no longer accepting new users and will be shutting down in due time (updated). 2collab and Scopus Product Manager, Michael Habib, announced this on January 16th at the Science Online conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Seeking to provide a reading list alternative for their 2collab users, it was also announced at Science Online that Mendeley was chosen to enable the opt-in transfer of any 2collab public library folders.

How it works:

1) If you are a 2collab user and do not have a Mendeley account you will first need to sign up here for free.
2) Once registered or for those already registered on Mendeley, go to the ‘Accounts’ link located at the top of the Dashboard page after signing into
3) At the bottom of the accounts page you will see a form for entering your 2collab username details.
4) Your public folders will be imported and the next time you open or sync the Mendeley desktop software those folders will be visible. They will also be available on the Web at and can be viewed by proceeding to the ‘Library’ page.
5) Within the Mendeley desktop, you will then have the option to turn those folders into ‘public collections’ so that others can continue to stay up to date with what you are reading via RSS and other means. For example, here is a feed on Norovirus.

Please contact 2collab if you need any help specific to 2collab.

We wish the 2collab team the best and know that they are already working on some great stuff at Scopus and elsewhere.

Jason Hoyt, PhD
Research Director | Mendeley

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Mendeley on a Digital Mission to Texas

Great news! We’ve been picked by Chinwag and the UKTI to don our cowboy boots and Stetson hat before jetting off to the great Lone Star State on a Digital Mission.

“39 of the UK’s leading digital companies have been selected for the second annual Digital Mission to South by South West interactive (SXSWi), taking place in Austin, Texas from 11-17th March 2010. […] The successful companies were chosen from over 120 submissions by an advisory board of industry experts drawn from the UK community including: VC’s, export specialists, journalists and industry pundits to take part in the Digital Mission to SXSWi.”

(You can find the full list of participating companies here.)

There are some great presentations in the line-up at SXSWi, some of the ones we’ll be looking out for include: Can the Real-Time Web be Realized?; Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change and Is The Brain The Ultimate Computer Interface?

Digital Mission Union JackWe also hope to swot up on doing business in the US (not by watching re-runs of Dallas) but attending some special events and seminars set up for tech entrepreneurs. SXSWi brings together some of the brightest minds in the tech world and a line up of special programs showcasing websites, video games and start-up ideas. If you are planning to attend, let us know and we’ll be happy to hook up.

A big thanks to Digital Mission for making it possible and we’re looking forward to a great event!

100,000 users and 8 million articles

In piphilology, one hundred thousand is the current world record for the number of digits of pi memorized by a human being (well, that’s according to Wikipedia). So, as happy as we are at Mendeley to have 100,000 users onboard, we regret to say that it is now beyond our limits for us to remember every single user on our site (but good to see that you keep on writing and helping to improve Mendeley). In the same week we crossed a second milestone of 8 million research articles uploaded to our database in less than a year. Currently Mendeley’s article database continues to expand as researchers, students and scientists from around the world upload, collaborate and share their research using Mendeley. In April 2009 we reached the 1 million article mark, which means the number of articles in our database has doubled in size every ten to twelve weeks. To give a little context: the world’s largest online research database by Thomson Reuters took 49 years to reach 40 million articles.

A big thank you to Techcrunch’s Sean O’Hear who wrote: “Mendeley could be the largest online research paper database by early 2010” and James Glick from The Next Web who wrote: “Mendeley ‘the of research’ hits new heights”.

And congratulations to our growing community of users!

Attributed to Jorel314

Image by Jorel314

Top 8 influential Science and Tech Stories of 2009, so far

The year 2009 is halfway through and already we’ve seen some great stuff being published, created, and predicted that could have a major impact in the future. Each of the eight items were chosen because they could influence how every one of us communicates, learns, and lives more so than any other discoveries so far in 2009. What’s that? You’re not a science or techie person? It doesn’t matter, you and everyone else are going to be affected because of the work and ideas brought forth below. So, pay attention. We start with some exclusive, never before public news from NASA, very fitting as today is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch.

1. NASA starts project Nebula (new exclusive information) Nope, this isn’t another space probe. This is the government giving a head nod to cloud computing. They’ve wisely hired a few seasoned Internet entrepreneurs to command the mission at NASA Ames and take NASA data into the cloud. That much has been known since May. Last week I had dinner with Chris Kemp (CIO, NASA Ames) and some of the Nebula team. Here’s what Kemp agreed to reveal publicly for the first time:

”NASA collaborates with hundreds of universities, commercial partners, and other federal and international partners. The NASA Nebula cloud computing platform will dramatically increase the efficiency and productivity of these collaborations.”

How it affects you: If you’re a NASA collaborator or want to become one, then get ready. As for every day citizens, you too will reap the rewards of Nebula via the research performed. There’s also been a lot of speculation that Nebula will power data sets other than just NASA’s, such as Is this true? Let’s put it this way. Their focus, for now, is on NASA’s data. The rest is my opinion only: imagine the possibilities if we had a national or even international cloud computing platform. Remember that it was originally a similar government project called ARPANET that gave rise to today’s Internet. This could be BIG for science, tech, and planet Earth.

Hurdles to jump: Kemp and team must first get this rolling with NASA before opening it up to outsiders. And it’s government, so there’s a lot of bureaucracy and red tape to cut through to get this done and costs down. President Obama and Vivek Kundra (Federal CIO), if you’re listening, then help this team out by cutting that tape and give them carte blanche funding to get it done.

More info: Official NASA Nebula websiteFollow Nebula on Twitter

World avoided2. The ozone has been saved – sort of

Ever ask yourself what the ozone layer and our planet would look like today if we hadn’t passed some of those pesky environmental laws back in the 1980’s? Researchers, led by Paul Newman, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and elsewhere asked “What would have happened to the ozone layer if chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had not been regulated in 1987?” This was an important and difficult to answer question, until this year. I reached Dr. Newman for a comment to let us know the most important message from this research:

“If chlorofluorocarbons had not been regulated by the Montreal Protocol, two-thirds of the ozone layer would have been destroyed by the year 2065 with a consequent increase of surface ultraviolet radiation to extreme levels.”

How it affects you: While the conclusions were based on computer models, the importance of environmental policy cannot be overstated, and now we have proof that policy does work. Oh, and your grandkids will get to play outside in 2065. Even by 2020 it would have been pretty nasty without SPF 3 billion lathered on. Check out these neat simulations, such as the image above.

Hurdles to jump: As you may know, we still have a slight problem with a thing called “Global warming.” Lots to do in order to reduce carbon emissions.

More info: Original study

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