We, researchers, just need a medium for social interaction, and some apps
… so that we can freely play the game of research. Because is a game, i.e. it is driven by curiosity, desire to learn, does not depend on goals and tasks, it is an extension of a child attitude, lost by the majority of adults. Let the vanity aside and just play and interact with other researchers, on equal foot. Let the creativity manifest freely.
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Rap Genius is a very well-loved and well-used online tool for annotating rap songs. Only, not so surprisingly, people are starting to use it to annotate other things. Like scientific papers.
- Olivier Charbonneau writes
Actually, that’s an interesting take on mass data visualization – imagine creating an algorithm that could parse a dataset of bibliographic information into minecraft (for example) – what would that research “world” look like?
- Hermann Hesse’s Das Glasperlenspiel (aka Magister Ludi)
- Timothy Gowers, some time ago, in this post, writes:
What I think could work is something like a cross between the arXiv, a social networking site, Amazon book reviews, and Mathoverflow.