In a wonderful post-foo camp post at Nascent, Timo Hannay writes about the promise of online scientific communication. Part of his commentary of the subject has to do with the rising role of audio and video in scientific communication. The falling costs of hardware and software, and changing patterns in “consumer” behavior are key reasons for the success of the iPod, YouTube, etc. The question that we have been asking ourselves is how can science take advantage of these changing trends in communication and continue to make sure that we are not only educated, but that young people continue to remain interested in the sciences. Timo mentiones JoVe as an interesting experiment in this area. Just as JoVE helps to communicate the “tacit skill” in laboratory experimentation , we definitely believe that screencasting can do its bit considering that all experimentation today involves the use of computers and computational data analysis. Hopefully, with all your help, we will find out that video is an effective means of communicating science, especially disseminating information on how we apply it in our daily research lives.

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