Monday, June 01, 2009

Making the Waves

Some wave related links

"As traditional content and software publishers continue to try to wrestle the Web into one proprietary box after another to suit their established business models, it's important to remember that the world is aching to have cost-effective productivity improvements that will help to boost the global economy. Wave is a good example of a content technology that has the potential to sweep aside many drags on Web and enterprise productivity in ways that can help to create and to contextualize content in more valuable ways than ever before." John Blossom

"As I understand it each wave, and indeed each part of a wave, can be a URL endpoint; an object on the semantic web. If they aren’t already it will be easy to make them that. As much as anything it is the web native collaborative authoring tool that will make embedding and pass by reference the default approach rather than cut and past that will make the difference. Google don’t necessarily do semantic web but they do links and they do embedding, and they’ve provided a framework that should make it easy to add meaning to the links. Google just blew the door off the ELN market, and they probably didn’t even notice." Cameron Neylon

And yes we will see extension on the wave soon

"Having had a look at the editing capabilities of Google Wave, it is clear that one of the first things we as scientists should do is to add collaborative reference management and figure/table numbering to the rich text editing capabilities. Martin Fenner lists this feature on his blog post and we're discussing it at FriendFeed. Of course, collaborative editing doesn't stop at papers: grants, lab-wikis, institute websites, manuals, protocols, fridge content, who's up for journal club?, which machine is currently broken/working, where is item X?, who's going to the conference? Which posters are you going to look at?.... the list goes on and on! Google Wave has solutions for all of these processes - today." Bjoern Brembs

" I hope that by that time it will also have the first extensions designed specifically for scientists, e.g. for

  • references with embedded metadata and discussions about these references
  • molecular structures and other scientific data types
  • scientific manuscripts in progress (Google Wave has nice tools for collaborative document editing)
  • lab notebooks (again because of the wiki-like editing features)" Martin Frenner

As Victor from Mendeley indicates very soon we will see wave extension that will help scientists in their workflow.

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