Tag: open science

Mendeley: manage your papers and sync them

If you are in research you read a huge amount of papers, which you would like to retrieve later according to a keyword, author name, or any other method that works for you.

Right now it’s plenty of this tool around, starting from Papers, to Referencer which is my choice right now. However having your papers available when you don’t have your laptop and having them from an on-line resources is also a good idea and CiteUlike is my solution for now.

One thing that I am really keen to have is a synchronized way to manage this two worlds. Right now SyncUThink is a tool developed to do just that. We even have interviewed the developer some time ago.

mendeley logo

Today a new guy is coming up and it’s called Mendeley. One of the innovative features that this software is able to offer is the automatic synchronization between the offline and the online world.

The software consist of two part, the desktop client and the website. On the website you can have the classical social soul and on the desktop you can use the software to search your papers and find that piece of information that you are looking for.

The Desktop client (Qt based in my case) has a pretty neat interface and the search for authors is one of my favourite tool to search the articles. And the synchronization is only one click away. Pretty slick, isn’t it?

It’s worth to give a shoot.

Note: I discovered this software directly from an e-mail sent to me by Victor. He found this blog when he googled for open science. This made me quite happy :).

Science is all about sharing ideas with the others

Today I had a really nice conversation during the 9th EMBL PhD Symposium on “Patterns in Biology” at the EMBL in Heidelberg.

Science is sharing ideas with others. That was a really good sentence that has popped out during a really nice conversation between me and some friends.

Mainly you can speak about everything, create new models, propose new approaches, give an idea and then there is always the experiment. It’s always possible to fall back to the raw data and check what really is going on.

Without the sharing of ideas there will be no progress and any new idea will pop up. That’s why I’m really interested in the open science proposed by the bioinformatics zen.

More over this post of a possible workflow as notified by Giovanni here, makes really clear that sharing ideas is the good thingTM to do.