The Implementation of Scientific “Blogging” into Chemical Laboratory Research
The advent of the computerized age in the latter half of the 20th century has revolutionized the way people communicate and how information is stored and presented, particularly in regards to science and engineering. The blogging of scientific research, such as experiment results and conclusions, as well as the incorporation of digitized laboratory notebooks and other high-tech devices into the research activity has been proposed by many as an expedient way to achieve greater productivity and cooperation among the scientific community. The implementation of these new technologies into the everyday lives of a research group would imply the use of digitized laboratory notebooks, RSS (Really Simple Syndicate) feeding of group progress into the scientific communal web, virtual meeting rooms, as well as computerized data storage and record keeping of experiments. We have shown that it is possible to create a platform to host several of these technologies while maintaining a high standard of professionalism and security at no extra costs to the research group. We have also constructed a social network site dedicated to supporting collaboration between scientists and academics in general across the globe using the latest in collaborative software technology.